How to count in Yelmek, a Bulaka River language spoken in West Papua in Indonesia.
Yelmek has a number system based on five. The first five numerals have dedicated terms and so has the numeral for 'ten'. All other numbers can be composed of these basic number terms. In practice, however, people use Indonesian numerals for anything higher than five.
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|Numeral||Cardinal numbers||Ordinal numbers|
|11||alpo toi eŋklala|
|12||alpo toi ina|
|13||alpo toi mʉdem|
|14||alpo toi ebedina|
|15||alpo toi kereŋkapak|
|16||alpo toi kereŋkapak eŋklala|
|17||alpo toi kereŋkapak ina|
|18||alpo toi kereŋkapak mʉdem|
|19||alpo toi kereŋkapak ebedina|
|20||ina alpo toi|
|21||ina alpo toi eŋklala|
|22||ina alpo toi ina|
|23||ina alpo toi mʉdem|
|24||ina alpo toi ebedina|
|25||ina alpo toi kereŋkapak|
|26||ina alpo toi kereŋkapak eŋklala|
|27||ina alpo toi kereŋkapak ina|
|28||ina alpo toi kereŋkapak mʉdem|
|29||ina alpo toi kereŋkapak ebedina|
|30||mʉdem alpo toi|
|40||ebedina alpo toi|
|50||kereŋkapak alpo toi|
Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl
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Source: Tina Gregor. A Documentation and Description of Yelmek. Australian National University, July 2020.
Information about Yelmek numerals
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