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Counting in Tolowa

Language overview

The Tolowa language (Taa-Laa-Wa) is a Pacific Coast Athapaskan language from the Na-Dené language family. It was historically spoken along the Del Norte County coast in the far northwestern corner of California. Officially extinct, it is being revitalized since the sixties and taught in the education system.

Due to lack of data, this program can only count accurately up to 100 in Tolowa. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

Tolowa numbers list

  • 1 – łla’
  • 2 – naaxe
  • 3 – taaxe
  • 4 – dʉnchi
  • 5 – srweela
  • 6 – k’weestąąni
  • 7 – shch’eet’e
  • 8 – laaniisrʉtnaatą
  • 9 – łla’dui
  • 10 – neesan
  • 11 – neesanłla’chaata
  • 12 – neesannaaxechaata
  • 13 – neesantaaxechaata
  • 14 – neesandʉnchichaata
  • 15 – neesansrweela’chaata
  • 16 – neesank’weestąąni­chaata
  • 17 – neesanshch’eete’chaata
  • 18 – neesanlaaniisrʉtnaatą­chaata
  • 19 – neesanłla’duichaata
  • 20 – naatʉnneesan
  • 30 – taatʉnneesan
  • 40 – dinchtʉnneesan
  • 50 – srweela’tʉnneesan
  • 60 – k’weestąąnitʉnneesan
  • 70 – shch’eet’etʉnneesan
  • 80 – laaniisrʉtnaatątʉnneesan
  • 90 – łla’duitʉnneesan
  • 100 – łla’chʉn

Tolowa numbering rules

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words, namely łla’ [1], naaxe [2], taaxe [3], dʉnchi [4], srweela [5], k’weestąąni [6], shch’eet’e [7], laaniisrʉtnaatą [8], and łla’dui [9].
  • Tens are formed by setting the multiplier digit, the word tʉn (times), and the word for ten (neesan), except for ten itself: neesan [10], naatʉnneesan [20], taatʉnneesan [30], dinchtʉnneesan [40], srweela’tʉnneesan [50], k’weestąąnitʉnneesan [60], shch’eet’etʉnneesan [70], laaniisrʉtnaatątʉnneesan [80], and łla’duitʉnneesan [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by saying the ten, the unit name, and then the suffix chaata (e.g.: neesanshch’eete’chaata [17], taatʉnneesannaaxechaata [32]).
  • Hundreds are formed by setting the multiplier digit, the word tʉn (times), and the word for hundred chʉn, except for one hundred itself: łla’chʉn [100], srweela’tʉnłla’chʉn [500] (5*100)…

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Books

Understanding Tolowa Histories: Western Hegemonies and Native American ResponsesUnderstanding Tolowa Histories: Western Hegemonies and Native American Responses
by , editors Routledge (1997)
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Now you’re speaking TolowaNow you’re speaking Tolowa
by , editors Humboldt State University (1995)
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Tolowa TribeTolowa Tribe
by , editors Merryant Pub Inc (1992)
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Sources

  • Now you’re speaking Tolowa, by Loren Bommelyn, Ed. Humboldt State University, 1995

Athapaskan languages

Carrier, Hupa, Navajo, Siletz dee-ni, and Tolowa.

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