Counting in Carrier

Language overview

Forty-two in Carrier (Southern) Carrier (Dakelh, transliterated as ᑕᗸᒡ in syllabics) is an Athabaskan language of the Dené-Yeniseian family spoken by the Dakelh people in the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada, and counting about one thousand speakers.

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

Carrier numbers list

  • 1 – lhuk’i (ᘰᗿ)
  • 2 – nankoh (ᘇᐣᗶᑋ)
  • 3 – tak’ih (ᗡᗿᑋ)
  • 4 – dink’ih (ᑔᐣᗿᑋ)
  • 5 – skwunlai (ᔆᐠᗒᐣᘧᐉ)
  • 6 – lhk’uttak’ih (ᒡᗽᐪᗡᗿᑋ)
  • 7 – lhtak’alt’i (ᒡᗡᘀᑊᗦ)
  • 8 – lhk’utdink’ih (ᒡᗽᐪᑔᐣᗿᑋ)
  • 9 – lhuk’i hooloh
    (ᘰᗿ ᐯᘣᑋ)
  • 10 – lanezyi (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 11 – lanezyi ’o’un lhuk’i
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᘰᗿ)
  • 12 – lanezyi ’o’un nankoh
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᘇᐣᗶᑋ)
  • 13 – lanezyi ’o’un tak’ih
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᗡᗿᑋ)
  • 14 – lanezyi ’o’un dink’ih
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᑔᐣᗿᑋ)
  • 15 – lanezyi ’o’un skwunlai
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᔆᐠᗒᐣᘧᐉ)
  • 16 – lanezyi ’o’un lhk’uttak’ih
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᒡᗽᐪᗡᗿᑋ)
  • 17 – lanezyi ’o’un lhtak’alt’i
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᒡᗡᘀᑊᗦ)
  • 18 – lanezyi ’o’un lhk’utdink’ih
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᒡᗽᐪᑔᐣᗿᑋ)
  • 19 – lanezyi ’o’un lhuk’i hooloh
    (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᘰᗿ ᐯᘣᑋ)
  • 20 – nat lanezyi (ᘇᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 30 – tat lanezyi (ᗡᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 40 – dit lanezyi (ᑔᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 50 – skwunlat lanezyi (ᔆᐠᗒᐣᘧᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 60 – lhk’utat lanezyi (ᒡᗽᗡᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 70 – lhtak’alt’it lanezyi (ᒡᗡᘀᑊᗦᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 80 – lhk’udit lanezyi (ᒡᗽᑔᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 90 – lhuk’i hooloh lanezyi
    (ᘰᗿ ᐯᘣᑋ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)
  • 100 – lhk’ut’lanezyi (ᒡᗽᐪᐧᘧᘅᙆᘒ)

Carrier 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).

  • Digitd from one to nine are specific words, namely lhuk’i (ᘰᗿ) [1], nankoh (ᘇᐣᗶᑋ) [2], tak’ih (ᗡᗿᑋ) [3], dink’ih (ᑔᐣᗿᑋ) [4], skwunlai (ᔆᐠᗒᐣᘧᐉ) [5], lhk’uttak’ih (ᒡᗽᐪᗡᗿᑋ) [6], lhtak’alt’i (ᒡᗡᘀᑊᗦ) [7], lhk’utdink’ih (ᒡᗽᐪᑔᐣᗿᑋ) [8], and lhuk’i hooloh (ᘰᗿ ᐯᘣᑋ) [9] (literally, one is gone).
  • Tens are formed by prefixing the word for ten (lanezyi (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ)) with the root of the multiplier digit, except for ten itself: lanezyi (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [10], nat lanezyi (ᘇᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [20], tat lanezyi (ᗡᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [30], dit lanezyi (ᑔᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [40], skwunlat lanezyi (ᔆᐠᗒᐣᘧᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [50], lhk’utat lanezyi (ᒡᗽᗡᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [60], lhtak’alt’it lanezyi (ᒡᗡᘀᑊᗦᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [70], lhk’udit lanezyi (ᒡᗽᑔᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [80], and lhuk’i hooloh lanezyi (ᘰᗿ ᐯᘣᑋ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ) [90].
  • The compound numbers are formed of the ten, then the word ’o’un (ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ), meaning plus, and the unit (e.g.: lanezyi ’o’un skwunlai (ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᔆᐠᗒᐣᘧᐉ) [15], dit lanezyi ’o’un lhtak’alt’i (ᑔᐪ ᘧᘅᙆᘒ ᐧᐃᐧᐅᐣ ᒡᗡᘀᑊᗦ) [47]).
  • The word for one hundred is lhk’ut’lanezyi (ᒡᗽᐪᐧᘧᘅᙆᘒ).

Write a number in full in Carrier

Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in Carrier. Will you guess how to write a number in full? Enter a number and try to write it down in your head, or maybe on a piece of paper, before displaying the result.

Athapaskan languages

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