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Counting in Tsolyáni

Language overview

Forty-two in Tsolyáni Tsolyáni is the language of the Tsolyánu empire in the fictional universe Tékumel developped by the linguist Muhammad Abd-el-Rahman Barker in the late 40s and published in 1978. First constructed language ever published as part of a role-playing game, the Empire of the Petal Throne, it draws its inspiration from Urdu, Pashto, Mayan and Nahuatl. Tsolyáni is written in the Engsvanyáli script, a cursive script similar to Arabic, where the consonants have four different forms (isolate, initial, medial, and final).

Tsolyáni numbers list

  • 1 – prún
  • 2 – gán
  • 3 – bín
  • 4 – mrín
  • 5 – tlón
  • 6 – gabín
  • 7 – hrún
  • 8 – gámin
  • 9 – prútlen
  • 10 – tlén
  • 11 – prùtlén
  • 12 – gátlén
  • 13 – bítlén
  • 14 – mrítlén
  • 15 – tlótlén
  • 16 – gabìtlén
  • 17 – hrútlén
  • 18 – gámitlén
  • 19 – prútletlén
  • 20 – sémrun
  • 30 – bílun
  • 40 – símin
  • 50 – halón
  • 60 – latsán
  • 70 – hrunálin
  • 80 – gamálin
  • 90 – prutlenílin
  • 100 – mriktán
  • 1,000 – tauknélin
  • ten thousand – tsólotlin
  • one million – yürdǘnin

Tsolyáni numerals

The Tsolyáni digits from zero to nine in the Engsvanyáli script are depicted here.

0
0
1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
7
8
8
9
9

Tsolyáni 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).

  • Tsolyáni numbers are made of a root, to which we add a suffix. There are noble and ignoble suffixes (respectively koi and kh), a suffix designating a whole (kh: gabí-kh, “all six”), another for plural numbers (yal: gabíyal, “six (of a bigger group)”). Adjectives are marked by the suffix n if the root ends with a vocal, and in if it ends with a consonant. They are used for abstract counting.
  • Digits roots from zero to nine are sǘdh [0], prú [1], [2], [3], mrí [4], tló [5], gabí [6], hrú [7], gámi [8], and prútle [9]. From them, we can form the digits from zero to nine: sǘdhin [0], prún [1], gán [2], bín [3], mrín [4], tlón [5], gabín [6], hrún [7], gámin [8], and prútlen [9].
  • Tens roots sometimes include the root of the multiplier digit: tlé [10], sémru [20], bílu [30], sím [40], haló [50], latsá [60], hrunál [70], gamál [80], and prutleníl [90]. From these roots, we can form the following tens: tlén [10], sémrun [20], bílun [30], símin [40], halón [50], latsán [60], hrunálin [70], gamálin [80], and prutlenílin [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed starting with the unit root, directly followed by the ten with no space with its adjective suffix (e.g.: gabìbílun [36], gámihalón [58]).
  • Hundreds are formed prefixing the root for hundred (mriktá) by the multiplier root, except for one hundred, and suffixing it with the adjective suffix (i)n: mriktán [100], gámriktán [200], bímriktán [300], mrìmriktán [400], tlómriktán [500], gabímriktán [600], hrúmriktán [700], gámimriktán [800], and prútlemriktán [900].
  • Compound hundreds are formed starting with the unit, the ten, or the compound ten, then the hundred separated with a space, each group bearing the adjective suffix (i)n (e.g.: tlón gámriktán [205], gabìbílun mrìmriktán [436] (36 400)).
  • Thousands are formed prefixing the root for thousand (tauknél) by the multiplier root, except for one thousand, and suffixing it with the adjective suffix (i)n: tauknélin [1,000], gátauknélin [2,000], bítauknélin [3,000], mrìtauknélin [4,000], tlótauknélin [5,000], gabítauknélin [6,000], hrútauknélin [7,000], gámitauknélin [8,000], and prútletauknélin [9,000].
  • Big compound numbers are formed starting with the unit, the ten, or the compound ten, then the hundred separated with a space, then the thousand separated with a space, and so on with each scale number, each group bearing the adjective suffix (i)n (e.g.: gabìbílun mrìmriktán gabìtauknélin [6,436] (36 400 6,000)).
  • The Tsolyáni language has a root for ten thousand: tsólotl. Ten thousands are formed following the same pattern as hundreds and thousands: tsólotlin [10,000], gátsólotlin [20,000], bítsólotlin [30,000]…
  • The root for million is yürdǘn, on which we can form yürdǘnin [1 million], gáyürdǘnin [2 millions], bíyürdǘnin [3 millions]…

Books

Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne
by , editors Guardians of Order (2003)
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The Tsolyáni language The Tsolyáni language
by , editors Barker (1978)
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