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Numbers in Nyelâyu

How to count in the Belep dialect of Nyelâyu, a member of the Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family spoken in and around the Belep Isles in New Caledonia.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
1 pwalaic pwalaic
2 pwadu ba pwadu
3 pwajen ba pwajen
4 pwalavaac ba pwalavaac
5 pwanem ba pwanem
6 (pwanem) nua pwalaic (5+1)
7 (pwanem) nua pwadu (5+2)
8 (pwanem) nua pwajen (5+3)
9 (pwanem) nua pwalavaac (5+4)
10 tûnik
11 tûnik nua pwalaic (10+1)
12 tûnik nua pwadu (10+2)
13 tûnik nua pwajen (10+3)
14 tûnik nua pwalavaac (10+4)
15 cînik
16 cînik nua pwalaic (15+1)
17 cînik nua pwadu (15+2)
18 cînik nua pwajen (15+3)
19 cînik nua pwalavaac (15+4)
20 ayaic (20x1)
21 ayaic nua pwalaic
22 ayaic nua pwadu
23 ayaic nua pwajen
24 ayaic nua pwalavaac
25 ayaic nua pwanem
26 ayaic nua pwanem nua pwalaic
27 ayaic nua pwanem nua pwadu
28 ayaic nua pwanem nua pwajen
29 ayaic nua pwanem nua pwalavaac
30 ayaic bwaar tûnik (20x1+10)
40 ayaru (20x2)
50 ayaru bwaar tûnik (20x2+10)
60 ayacen (20x3)
70 ayacen bwaar tûnik (20x3+10)
80 ayavaac (20x4)
90 ayavaac bwaar tûnik (20x4+10)
100 ayanem (20x5)
120 ayanem bwaar ayaic (20x5+20x1)
190 ayanem bwaar ayavaac bwaar tûnik
(20x5+20x4+10)
200 tûnik âjek (10x20)
300 cînik âjek (15x20)
400 ayaic âjek (20x20)

Source: McCracken, Chelsea Leigh, A Grammar of Belep, 2012

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

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