I've thought about this again recently.
noka seems to have nearly dissapeared, but I think we could use it for numbers. Combined with jan, it can be interesting.
luka luka noka noka - 20 because we don't have more than two hands or feet, jan takes over at 25.
I think using the accepted system for everything else is fine too, but I feel like the words "mute" and "ali" shouldn't be used for such specific numbers.
I'm also interested mostly in making numbers reasonable to be spoken (or thought). So, I'm curious what others would think of kind of squishing things together in something like this:
lu'luka t'tu = luka luka tu tu = 14
ja'jan wa'tu = jan jan wan tu = 53
lu'luka no'noka t'tu = luka luka noka noka tu tu = 24
And for larger numbers and dates just reading them out is fine I think with the current system, just using the numbers as digits.
1998 - wa'luk't'tu luk't'tu luk't'wan = wan, luka tu tu, luka tu tu, luka tu wan
for decimals, it seems the most officially unofficial use of pu is a general marker (Like a comma?). Even if not, would anyone angainst just using it as such, or freeing it up as the "general seperator" that jan Mato has mentioned would be useful. Also allowing relatively easy to parse:
15.27 - lu'luka noka pu jan tu
I also think using jan Mato's useful roman numerals could work well for writing things in a condensed manner.Some examples:
lu'luka t'tu = luka luka tu tu = 14 = LLTT
ja'jan wa'tu = jan jan wan tu = 53 = JJWT
lu'luka no'noka t'tu = luka luka noka noka tu tu = 24 =LLNNTT
There's definitely room to improve, but I'm curious what people here think of this.
mi pana e pona tawa sina mute tan ni: sina lukin e sitelen mi.
Thinking a bit more having a 100 would be useful as well. Ali might be much, but it could work. Maybe mute for 100 and ali for something larger.
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on Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:58 pm, edited 2 times in total.