Counting in Azazilúŝ
The Azazilúŝ language has been designed by Romain Filstroff, better known under the pseudonym Linguisticae, for the French Canal+ TV series Calls, aired from December, 15 2017. Holder of a master’s degree in historical and Indo-European linguistics, he was inspired by Semitic languages, including Akkadian, Sumerian, Hebrew and Arabic to create this artificial language which has eight declensions. The word Azazilúŝ means from/to Azazel.
Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 19 in Azazilúŝ. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.
Azazilúŝ numbers list
- 1 – mus
- 2 – dus
- 3 – tyus
- 4 – kudus
- 5 – (i)gis
- 6 – musus
- 7 – dusus
- 8 – tusus
- 9 – kusus
- 10 – (i)gzus
- 11 – mir
- 12 – dir
- 13 – tir
- 14 – kir
- 15 – (a)gas
- 16 – mirsu
- 17 – dirsu
- 18 – tirsu
- 19 – kirsu
The vigesimal system
The Azazilúŝ language follows a vigesimal numeral system, which is a base 20 system. To better understand this numeral system, let’s start with a more familiar one: the decimal system. In the decimal system (or base-10), we have ten digits, from zero to nine. When we add 1 (one) to 9 (nine), we get 10 (ten), or the unit 1 (one) followed by 0 (zero). This system is positional (the digits represent the units, and their rank the matching power of ten). Thus, 132 decomposes in 100 + 30 + 2 = 1*102 + 3 *101 + 2 *100. This system is also known as a positional decimal numeral system.
Base-20 uses digits from 0 to 19. Its first ten is twenty in decimal (2010 = 1020), the base is noted in subscript. The decomposition of a vigesimal number (in a positional system) is the same as the one of a decimal number, only the base changes: (132)20 = 1*202 + 3 *201 + 2 *200. If we carry it out, we get the matching decimal number, here 461.
Azazilúŝ numbering rules
- Azazilúŝ digits from zero to nineteen (or nine in base 20) are: ŝus , mus , dus , tyus , kudus , (i)gis , musus , dusus , tusus , kusus , (i)gzus , mir , dir , tir , kir , (a)gas , mirsu , dirsu , tirsu , and kirsu .
- Let’s talk about etymology. The word ŝus  comes froms the Sumerian buzur (hand), but ŝus sometimes also means five. We can easily imagine a closed fist representing zero, and an open hand with its five fingers extended representing five. Mus  is related to the pronouns of the first person. Dus , tyus , and kudus  come respectively from the Proto-Indo-European digits dwóH, tréyes, and *kʷetwṓr. Eurasian prehistoric language, Proto-Indo-European is reconstructed from Indo-European languages to find the common root of the languages of this family.
- Other numbers are also attested. The first of them is tususdiŝúŝ [16010 or 8020]. We can recognize in it the root tusus for eight, which would indicate diŝúŝ as a suffix for tens (in base 20).
- The second one, dusvigisdiŝún [90010 or 25020], gives us an indication about the formation of the hundreds. We first recognize dus for two, vigis where shines the word for five, (i)gis, followed by diŝún, the suffix of tens in the oblique case. 25020 would thus be read as twenty-five tens.
- As for the third, tirsutiŝún [144,00010 or 18,00020], it sheds light on the formation of thousands in base 20. We directly find there tirsu, eighteen, then the suffix tiŝún which would stand for thousand.
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