Friday, October 24, 2008

Countings or Numbers in Apatani –2

Countings or Numbers for Four Footed Animals

to count (noun form)

to express quantity (adj. form)

dorkung [one]


dornyi [two]

dornye he

dorhing [three]

dorhing he

dorpi [four]

dorpe he

dorngo [five]

dorngo he

dorkhii [six]

dorkhii he

dorkanu [seven]

dorkanu he

dorpinyi [eight]

dorpinye he

dorkowa [nine]

dorkowa he

dorlyan [ten]

dorlyan he

lekun [eleven]

alyan he la dore

lenyi [twelve]

alyan he la dornye he

lehing [thirteen]

alyan he la dorhing he

lepi [fourteen]

alyan he la dorpe he

lengo [fifteen]

alyan he la dorngo he

lekhii [sixteen]

alyan he la dorkhii he

kanu [seventeen]

alyan he la dorkanu he

pinyi [eight (after ten)]

alyan he la dorpinye he [eighteen]

kowa [nine (after ten)]

alyan he la dorkowa he [nineteen]

dor-nyikhan [twenty]

dor-nyikhan he

dorkung [one (after twenty)]

nyikhan he la dore [twenty one]

**dornyi, dorhing etc

nyikhan he la dornye he, nyikhan he la dorhing he etc.

dor-hinkhan [thirty]

dor-hinkhan he

dor-alyan piilyi [forty]

dor-alyan piilye he

dor-alyan yango [fifty]

dor-alyan yango he

dor-alyan khii [sixty]

dor-alyan khii he

dorkanu khang nge [seventy]

dorkanu khang nge

dorpinyi khang nge [eighty]

dorpinyi khang nge

dorkowa khang nge [ninety]

dorkowa khang nge

langn he la hinge nge / lan kun [one hundred]

lan nge [or dorkun-dornyi lan nge]

lan nyi [two hundred]

lan nye he

lan hing [three hundred]

lan hing he

lan pi [four hundred]

lan pe he

lan ngo [five hundred]

lan ngo he

lan khii [six hundred]

lan khii he

lan kanu [seven hundred]

lan kanu he

lan pinyi [eight hundred]

lan pinyi he

lan kowa [nine hundred]

lan kowa he

zare/ zarkun [one thousand]


Note :- The above form of countings or numbers are also used for vehicles like bicycles, motor bikes, cars, buses, trucks, trains, aeroplanes etc


PB said...

Quite interesting, and not as simple as I had thought earlier. Note for eg. the difference between 'dorlyan he' (10) and 'alyan he la dore' (11). May I suggest one topic ? Do post something about idioms in Tanii. Cheers.

GT said...

hi pb
11 can be written as dorlyang hela dore as well but it become too long so we can avoid 'dor' in the begining. this is especially so when we write for number like(77) 'dor kanu khange hela dorkanu he'
Thnx for your suggestion.Right now i'm on some other topics. I'll definitely try to work on idioms as well in days to come

dani sulu said...

I think number after 10 is counted in this manner_
11 - dorlyang lekung
12 - dorlyang lenye
13 - dorlyang lehing

17 should be called dorlyang leku kanu kanu

18 dorlayng lepyi pyinye

19 dorlyang lekukukoa

20 - dor nyikhang

21 nyikhang hela dorey

so on till 100 which is called langey.

GT said...

hi sulu,
11 - dorlyang lekung
12 - dorlyang lenye
13 - dorlyang lehing..."

Here you are right. but, what I observed is, the counting is(mostly) in either way: some does the way one you have suggested and some follow the pattern i have mentioned in the post... and what i did was- I chose to think that lekung (11), lenyi (12), lehing
(13)to be more straight forward since lekung, lenyi ... are not counted with other tens i.e nyikhan hela lekung etc

"..21 nyikhang hela dorey."

Here again counting is in either way as 'nyikhang hela dorey' or count as 'dorkung', 'dornyi' till the next tens. However, for telling the number (quantity) 'nyikhang hela dorey' has to be used.

Thnx for pointing out variant forms of counting which I could not mentioned in the post.

Hope to get more inputs from you