Delaware numbers

How to count in Delaware (Lenape/Unami), an Algonquian language spoken mainly in Oklahoma in the USA.

Phonetic transcriptions are shown in [square brackets]. The pronunciations in (brackets) are approximate renditions of the words.

9peshkung, peshkunk['pɛʃkɤŋg], [peʃkʊŋ]
11telen ok kweti[tɛlɛn ɔk kwʌti]
(dell-uhn ahk kwuh-tee)
12telen ok nisha[tɛlɛn ɔk niʃɑ]
(dell-uhn ahk nee-shah)
13 telen ok naxa[tɛlɛn ɔk nɑxɑ]
(dell-uhn ahk nah-hah)
14telen ok newa[tɛlɛn ɔk newɑ]
(dell-uhn ahk nay-wah)
15telen ok palenaxk[tɛlɛn ɔk pɑlɛnɑxk]
(dell-uhn ahk pah-leh-nahxk)
16telen ok kwetash[tɛlɛn ɔk kwʌtɑʃ]
(dell-uhn ahk kwuh-tahsh)
17telen ok nishash[tɛlɛn ɔk niʃɑʃ]
(dell-uhn ahk nee-shahsh)
18telen ok xash[tɛlɛn xɑʃ]
(dell-uhn ahk xhash)
19telen ok peshkung[tɛlɛn ɔk 'pɛʃkɤŋg ]
(dell-uhn ahk paysh-koong)
21nishinxke ok kweti[niʃiŋxke ɔk kwʌti]
(nee-sheenx-kay ahk kwuh-tee)
22nishinxke ok nisha[niʃiŋxke ɔk niʃɑ]
(nee- sheenx-kay ahk nee-shah)
23nishinxke ok naxa[niʃiŋxke ɔk nɑxɑ]
(nee- sheenx-kay ahk nah-hah)
24nishinxke ok newa[niʃiŋxke ɔk newɑ]
(nee- sheenx-kay ahk nay-wah)
25nishinxke ok palenaxk[niʃiŋxke ɔk pɑlɛnɑxk]
(nee-sheenx-kay ahk pah-leh-nahxk)
26nishinxke ok kwetash[niʃiŋxke ɔk kwʌtɑʃ]
(nee- sheenx-kay ahk kwuh-tahsh)
27nishinxke ok nishash[niʃiŋxke ɔk niʃɑʃ]
(nee-sheenx-kay ahk nee-shahsh)
28nishinxke ok xash[niʃiŋxke ɔk xɑʃ]
(nee-sheenx-kay ahk xhash)
29nishinxke ok peshkung[niʃiŋxke ɔk peʃkʊŋ]
(nee-sheenx-kay ahk paysh-koong)
50palenaxk txinxke[pɑlɛnɑxk txiŋxki]
(pah-leh-nahxk txeen-xkay)
60kwetash txinxke[kwʌtɑʃ txiŋxki]
(kwuh-tahsh txeen-xkay)
70nishash txinxke[niʃɑʃ txiŋxke]
(nee-shahsh txeen-xkay)
80xash txinxke[xɑʃ txiŋxki]
(xhash txeen-xkay)
90peshkung txinxke[pɛʃkuŋ txiŋxke]
(paysh-koong txeen-xkay)
105kwetapxki ok palenaxk[kwətɑpxki ɔk pɑlɛnɑxk]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk pah-leh-nahxk)
110kwetapxki ok telen[kwətɑpxki ɔk tɛlɛn]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk dell-uhn)
120kwetapxki ok nishinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk niʃiŋxke]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk nee-sheenx-kay)
130kwetapxki ok xinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk xiŋxke]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk xinx-kay)
140kwetapxki ok neinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk neiŋxki]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk nay-eenx-kay)
150kwetapxki ok palenaxk txinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk pɑlɛnɑxk txiŋxki]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk pah-leh-nahxk txeen-xkay)
160kwetapxki ok kwetash txinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk kwʌtɑʃ txiŋxki]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk kwuh-tahsh txeen-xkay)
170kwetapxki ok nishash txinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk niʃɑʃ txiŋxke]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk nee-shahsh txeen-xkay)
180kwetapxki ok xash txinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk xɑʃ txiŋxki]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk xhash txeen-xkay)
190kwetapxki ok peshkung txinxke[kwətɑpxki ɔk pɛʃkuŋ txiŋxke]
(kwuh-tahp-xkee ahk paysh-koong txeen-xkay)
(nah-xahp- xkee)
500palenaxk txapxki, paopxki[pɑlɛnɑxk txɑpxki, peɑpxki]
(pay-leh-nahxk txahp-kee, powp-xkee)
600kwetash txapxki[kwʌtɑʃ txɑpxki]
(kwuh- tash txahp-kee)
700nishash txapxki[niʃɑʃ txɑpxki]
(nee- shahsh txahp-kee)
800xash txapxki[xɑʃ txɑpxki]
(xhash txahp-kay)
900peshkung txapxki[pɛʃkuŋ txɑpxki]
(paysh-koong txahp-kee)
1,000telen txen txapxki, telen txen kwetxapxki[tɛlɛn txɛn txɑpxki, tɛlɛn txɛn kwətɑpxki]
(dell-uhn txen txahp-kee, dell-uhn txen kwuh-txahp-kee)

Source: Shelley DePaul: Conversations in the Lenape Language, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Delaware / Lenape numbers from 1827 (PDF)

Information provided by Wolfgang Kuhl

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