Numbers in Yelmek

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
1 eŋklala məkəlnek, eŋklalanek
2 ina inanek
3 mʉdem mʉdemnek
4 ebedina ebedinanek
5 kereŋkapak kereŋkapaknek
6 kereŋkapak eŋklala
7 kereŋkapak ina
8 kereŋkapak mʉdem
9 kereŋkapak ebedina
10 alpo toi
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.

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