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What Happens When a Language Has No Numbers?

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Message  gerardM Lun 21 Oct - 10:24

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-> What Happens When a Language Has No Numbers?
The Pirahã are an indigenous people, numbering around 700, living along the banks of the Maici River in the jungle of northwest Brazil. Their language, also called Pirahã, is so unusual in so many ways that it was profiled in 2007 in a 12,000-word piece in the New Yorker by John Colapinto, who wrote:
Unrelated to any other extant tongue, and based on just eight consonants and three vowels, Pirahã has one of the simplest sound systems known. Yet it possesses such a complex array of tones, stresses, and syllable lengths that its speakers can dispense with their vowels and consonants altogether and sing, hum, or whistle conversations.

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Message  MurielB Lun 21 Oct - 13:07

Hi Gérard
I have never heard of such a language. Fortunately, as they have no numbers, they don't have to go shopping.Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 

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Message  gerardM Lun 21 Oct - 15:32

Strange but happy civilization, no?

They have 2 (or 3 digits), like computers

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