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Eén, twee, veel!


In Grapjes, door Ionica

Vandaag moest ik voor het eerst in tijden weer eens grinniken om XKCD.


een twee

Tot vanmorgen stond er op de wikipagina van de taal Pirahã deze flauwe, maar leuke grap:

The controversy is compounded by the sheer difficulty of learning the language; the number of linguists with field experience in Pirahã can be counted on one hand, albeit not by the Pirahã themselves.

3 reacties op “Eén, twee, veel!”

  1. Harm:

    Counting to three appears one too many ;-)

  2. Blinde Schildpad:

    Niks wiskundigs, maar mijn favoriete zinnetje op Wikipedia staat (al tijden)in het artikel over de mysterieuze Koperen Rol, een schijnbare schatkaart die tussen de Dode Zee Rollen werd gevonden:

    Fourth, Gaster's own favourite theory is that the treasure is a hoax. If so, it is an elaborate hoax by an ancient people not known primarily for their sense of humor.

    Men zou zich ondertussen overigens haast af gaan vragen hoeveel woorden de Pirahã inmiddels voor taalkundige hebben...

  3. Eddy Pronk:

    Dacht even dat het over cardinality ging.

    Tolkien geeft er een vreemde draai aan:
    "Trolls have a numeral system of their own, based on powers of 4. The base numerals are one (1), two (2), three (3), many (4) and lots (16), which can be combined to form higher numbers. When combined, each numeral's value is added to those of the others. Higher-valued numerals take priority over lower-valued ones, so that 4 is written "many" and not "two-two" or "three-one" and 20 is written "lots many" rather than "many many many many many". If there are no ones, twos or threes, the number is written with spaces between the numerals; if any exist a hyphen replaces the space between every numeral. With only the revealed numerals the system rapidly becomes unwieldy in higher numbers (for example, one hundred twenty-six in English becomes lots-lots-lots-lots-lots-lots-lots-many-many-many-two in trollish numerals, assuming that they do not have numerals higher than lots), but this may not bother the trolls.
    Some trolls, particularly musicians, prefer to count "one, two, many, lots", although how they continue from there is unknown, even to some of them. For example, Jade in Monstrous Regiment says she "ran outa numbers" at that point."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Discworld)

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