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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

Postby jan Ote » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:49 am


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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

Postby janTe » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:12 pm

Hi everyone. I'm new to toki pona, but I think it's great, and I'm loving it more and more as time passes.

At first, I was puzzled by the lack of numeracy in toki pona. I wondered how I would live without large numbers. I thought that even primitive people needed to say their equivalent of "I'll buy 375mL of coke for $1.85".

But then I thought about it.

In the pre-metric days, you didn't have 375mL. You had 4 teaspoons to the tablespoon; 2 tablespoons to the ounce; 8 ounces to the cup; 4 cups to the quart; 4 quarts to the gallon. For length, you had 4 inches to the hand; 3 hands to the foot; 3 feet to the yard; 2 yards to the fathom. For larger distances, you had poles (about 5 yards); 4 poles to the chain; 10 chains to the furlong; 8 furlongs to the mile; and 3 miles to the league.

And for currency, you had 4 farthings to the penny; 6 pennies to the tanner; 2 tanners to the shilling; 5 shillings to the crown; 4 crowns to the pound.

Basically, you never needed to use large numbers! The only reason we have to use large numbers is because of the metric system and the decimal system. (As Grandpa Simpson said: "My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it".)

Maybe when I'm talking about currency, I should just describe the coins/notes, rather than give their denomination. If something costs $26.01, I could say it costs a penny (seke pimeja?), a loonie (seke waso?), a 5 dollar note (lipu laso telo), and 20 dollar note (lipu laso kasi). And instead of being 180cm, my height is 5' 11 (noka liku en liku liku wan?). Or maybe I'd just say I was "about six foot" (noka liku wan).

For addresses, I can just give directions, like 3 doors past Dundas Street (sina tawa nasin Dundas li tawa lipu tu wan).

As for age... why do I need to describe my age? For dating, let people judge from my appearance, not a number. (If you're worried if someone is of dateable age, as someone up-thread was, maybe ask if they can legally get married? Sina ken unpa?) For anything else, all that should matter is whether I'm an adult (suli) or not.

Basically, I think I could live quite fine without large numbers.

So, I thank Sonja for making me consider what life would be like without large numbers. And I think maybe that's what she wanted us to do.

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

Postby janKipo » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:31 pm

sina lon ma Kanata anu seme a?
jan Sonja li toki mute e ijo pi nimi 'mani'. o sine lukin e ni. ken la ni li kama: mani wan pi telo walo li sama mani tu pi linja len. mani wan pi linja len li sama mani tu wan pi ali moku. mani wan pi ali moku li sama waso luka pi moku sike. o awen sama. The real problems start when we get down to change, real chicken feed and we lack measures. I don't know if we can assume the steelyard and the laws of the lever in all this.

o sina lukin e toki ante pi kulupu ni. jan pi lon ni li toki mute e ijo pi nanpa suli.

The only real need for large numbers in a suitably simplified society are ages and phone numbers (and maybe we can simplify both of those away -- I'm for that).

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

Postby janTe » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:06 pm

lon! mi lon ma Kanata :-)

I wasn't aware that Sonja has spoken before about money. I searched on google, but didn't find anything. Do you know where I should look?

Regarding ages and dates, has anyone suggested using something like the traditional Chinese calendar? The traditional Chinese calendar didn't number its years. The years were named things like "fire pig" or "water horse". The cycle consisted of five elements (fire, water, earth, metal, wood -- seli, telo, ma, kiwen, kasi) and twelve animals, so it repeated every 60 years, which didn't cause any problem in practice.

(If neccesary, the cycles could be numbered. That way, historians could say something like "the fire pig year of the third cycle of the Ming dynasty" or something.)

I'd suggest using the Chinese calendar, except I don't think we have words for all 12 animals, do we?

By the way, I'm very happy to learn that we have a word for "week" -- tenpo esun. Now if I want to say my birthday is on October 31, I can say it's on the second day of the fifth week of October (tenpo suno tu en tenpo esun luka tan kama di tenpo mun di nampa luka luka). I like that I don't have to resort to using big numbers.

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

Postby janTe » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:21 am

Oops, I was trying to say "two days and five weeks from the start of October", but maybe that doesn't work with the order of grouping in tp. And I don't know why I said "di" instead of "pi". I think my brain was getting confused by my knowledge of French.

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

Postby janKipo » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:23 am

Yeah, how to deal with 'en' in anything but 'word en word' constructions (assuming that 'en' can be used between modifiers, say) needs some work, as does using prep phrases to modify nouns phrases. And the whole notion of counting days -- in any way -- is not yet a part of the sharply defined systems in the language.

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Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

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