The "What's a good name for this?" thread:
edited 18th Nov '12 4:46:08 PM by LoniJay
2 - oşer
3 - şridda
4 - feorşa
5 - fifta
6 - syxta
7 - seofoşa
8 - eahtoşa
9 - nigoşa
10 - teoşa I'm trying to derive (relatively) modern-sounding names for fractional divisions, for parts of a whole, from these. Fortunately, three of those actually exist: "Riding" for a third (having lost the initial fricative because there'd often be a "North *Thriding", a "Mid *Thriding" and a "South *Thriding", which are a bit awkward to pronounce with it in place), "farthing" for a fourth, and "tithing" for a tenth. Unfortunately, the vowels in those don't match the ones in the modern ordinals "third", "fourth", and "tenth" - otherwise this would be trivial, of course. So, if anyone feels up to it, the challenge is mainly to predict what the ordinals from 5 to 9 would have ended up as, following that pattern. For 1 and 2, it seems more likely that the fraction terms would have come from other sources, such as the ones that actually ended up giving us "whole" and "half".
4 Farthings, 6 Sistings ("If"), 8 Ahtings ("pAlm"), 10 Tithings ("bE", screw reality). I think I see what you did there with "Neathing", but the increased similarity with "Nithing" that creates is too much of a downside for my taste. I already came up with distinct number words for 11 and 12, to reflect the circumstance that my humanoids have an extra finger and are counting in base-12 (sort of), "ace" and "shill", and the pattern can effortlessly be extended to those: 11 "Acings", 12 "Shillings" (heh). What d'you think?
edited 23rd Nov '12 9:02:00 PM by kassyopeia
Shilling. That way, it's /a/-/ai/-/i/-/ei/ in lines one and two and again in lines three and four. That seems like a good balance between repetition-based symmetry and variation-based distinctiveness, I'd say.
edited 24th Nov '12 6:00:55 PM by porschelemans
edited 29th Nov '12 7:42:59 PM by TwentyTwoSevenths
edited 29th Nov '12 8:03:42 PM by Poisonarrow