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Numbers in High Elevjeti
This public article was written by khaleesi, and last updated on 4 Mar 2015, 02:41.
[top]Numbers in High Elevjeti
Since Kólhgri script (used to write High and Low Elevjeti, Haen, and various Oktedhen languages) does have number symbols, it is not often that numbers will be written out with words in High Elevjeti. However, in the case that they are, here is how it's done.
The number system, like most, is based on tens. Although it might seem logical for Elevjeti, being an Oktedhen people with eight gods, to have an eight-based numbering system like many of the surrounding languages, highborn Elevjeti have always considered complex math to be the work of scientists and alchemists, not the general populace. A ten-based number system was easier to work with in terms of everyday use. Some religious scholars, scientists, and others still use the old system.
The system follows a particular set of rules.
1. A smaller value that precedes a larger value multiplies it.
Idvafragla means two thousand. Idva, two, precedes fralga, thousand, and so it is 2 x 1000, or 2000.
2. A large value that precedes a smaller value means the two values are added together.
Lybar means eighteen. This comes from lyn (10) and bar (8); 10 + 8 = 18.
3. The entire number must be written as one word. If it is written as more than one, it is considered two different numbers.
Compare idvafralga with idva fralga. The first means 2000, the second 2, 1000.
4. Addition is done with the word ai, subtraction with iś, multiplication with äkre and division with jel. These words are put in between the values being modified mathematically.
2 + 5 = 7
is expressed as
Idva ai ha'ö lesen vyg.
Note that the plural form of lo is used for these functions; this is because literally, the expression translates to 'Two (things) and five (things) together are seven (things).'
[top]Advantages and disadvantages of the High Elevjeti number system
The ease of the ten-based number system is considered to be its advantage. In the old system, the number 78 would have to be expressed as líba iz ifa (Elevjeti) or lybar iś idva (High Elevjeti), meaning 'eighty minus two'. Instead, 78 is expressed in the base-10 system as lyvygbar, seventy plus eight. (Note that the grammatical rule of [y > i] does not apply to numbers.)
However, large numbers can be rather long and cumbersome to say or write in words rather than numerals.
123,456 is lylynidlykilfralgacheglylynhaölyniksa ([(1*100)+20+3]*1000 + [4*100] + [5*10] + 6).
530,402,084,912 is haölylykilmlynaghcheglylyidvaintbarlynchegfralgadhänlylylymidva
Generally, numbers larger than one thousand will be rounded to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand unless it is necessary to be exact.