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Counting in Azazilúŝ

Language overview

Forty-two 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.

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

Now that you’ve had a gist of the most useful numbers, let’s move to the writing rules for the tens, the compound numbers, and why not the hundreds, the thousands and beyond (if possible).

  • Azazilúŝ digits from zero to nineteen (or nine in base 20) are: ŝus [010], mus [110], dus [210], tyus [310], kudus [410], (i)gis [510], musus [610], dusus [710], tusus [810], kusus [910], (i)gzus [1010], mir [1110], dir [1210], tir [1310], kir [1410], (a)gas [1510], mirsu [1610], dirsu [1710], tirsu [1810], and kirsu [1910].
  • Let’s talk about etymology. The word ŝus [0] 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 [1] is related to the pronouns of the first person. Dus [2], tyus [3], and kudus [4] 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.
  • Tens are formed by suffixing the multiplier digit by diŝ: musdiŝ [1020/2010], dusdiŝ [2020/4010], tyusdiŝ [3020/6010], kudusdiŝ [4020/8010], gisdiŝ [5020/10010], mususdiŝ [6020/12010], dususdiŝ [7020/14010], tususdiŝ [8020/16010], and kususdiŝ [9020/18010].
  • Hundreds are formed by suffixing the multiplier digit by viŝ: musviŝ [10020/40010], dusviŝ [20020/80010], tyusviŝ [30020/1,20010], kudusviŝ [40020/1,60010], gisviŝ [50020/2,00010], mususviŝ [60020/2,40010], dususviŝ [70020/2,80010], tususviŝ [80020/3,20010], and kususviŝ [90020/3,60010].
  • Thousands are formed by suffixing the multiplier digit by tiŝ: mustiŝ [1,00020/8,00010], dustiŝ [2,00020/16,00010], tyustiŝ [3,00020/24,00010], kudustiŝ [4,00020/32,00010], gistiŝ [5,00020/40,00010], musustiŝ [6,00020/48,00010], dusustiŝ [7,00020/56,00010], tusustiŝ [8,00020/64,00010], kusustiŝ [9,00020/72,60010].
  • In compound numbers, the final s of diŝ, viŝ and tiŝ disappears (e.g.: dususdidus [7220/14210], dusvigisdiŝ [25020/90010], kudustitususviŝ [4,80020/35,20010]).

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