Numbers in Roviana

How to count in Roviana, a member of the Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family spoken in New Georgia in the Solomon Islands.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
1 keke, tasa kekenu, kenuna
2 karua, karu, kara vina rua
3 neta vina neta
4 kamade vina made
5 kalima vina lima
6 onomo vina onomo
7 zuapa vina zuapa
8 vesu vina vesu
9 sia vina sia
10 manege vina manege
11 manege eke vina manege eke
12 manege rua vina manege rua
13 manege neta vina manege neta
14 manege made vina manege made
15 manege lima vina manege lima
16 manege onomo vina manege onomo
17 manege zuapa vina manege zuapa
18 manege vesu vina manege vesu
19 manege sia vina manege sia
20 hiokona  
21 hiokona eke  
22 hiokona rua  
23 hiokona neta  
24 hiokona made  
25 hiokona lima  
26 hiokona onomo  
27 hiokona zuapa  
28 hiokona vesu  
29 hiokona sia  
30 tolo navulu  
40 made navulu  
50 lima navulu  
60 onomo navulu  
70 zuapa navulu  
80 vesu navulu  
90 sia navulu  
100 keke gogoto (one hundred),
gogoto (hundred)
200 rua gogoto  
300 neta gogoto  
400 made gogoto  
500 lima gogoto  
600 onomo gogoto  
700 zuapa gogoto  
800 vesu gogoto  
900 sia gogoto  
1,000 tina  
2,000 rua tina  
3,000 neta tina  
4,000 made tina  
5,000 lima tina  
6,000 onomo tina  
7,000 zuapa tina  
8,000 vesu tina  
9,000 sia tina  
10,000 vuro  
once keke totoso  
twice karua totoso  
thrice kaneta totoso  

- J.H.L. Waterhouse, A Roviana and English Dictionary with English-Roviana Index. Sydney – 1949.
- Ray, Sidney Herbert: A Comparative Study of the Melasian Island Languages. Grammar of the Roviana Language, 1926, Repr. 1978.

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

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Numbers in Oceanic languages

Ahamb, Apma, Avava, Babatana, Big Numbas, Bola, Cheke Holo, Daakaka, Dorig, Fijian, Hiw, Hoava, Kara, Kokota, Kove, Lakon, Lewo, Lote, Lo-Toga, Manam, Maskelynes, Mavea, Mussau-Emira, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Nahavaq, Namakura, Nduke, Neve‘ei, North Efate, Nume, Paama, Papapana, Rotuman, Roviana, Siar, Sio, Sobei, Sursurunga, Tigak, Tamambo, Ubir, Ughele, Vitu

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