Language name and locationː Shabo (Mikeyir), Ethiopia [Refer to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区萨波语, 埃塞俄比亚

 

1. iŋki  */ inki

21.  inki ufe koor na inki

2. bap */ bap

22.  inki ufe koor na bap

3. jiita * / jiita ( < Majang)

23.  inki ufe koor na jiita

4. aŋan */  aŋan ( < East Sudanic )

24.  inki ufe koor na aŋan

5. tuul */ tuul ( < Majang)

25.  inki ufe koor na tuul

6. tulu(ŋ/m) * / tuula inki ( 5 + 1 )

26.  inki ufe koor na tuula inki

7. tulikakiŋki * / tuula bap ( 5 + 2 )

27.  inki ufe koor na tuula bap

8. tunajiita * / tuula jiita ( 5 + 3 )

28.  inki ufe koor na tuula jiita

9. tulaaŋan * / tuula aŋan ( 5 + 4 )

29.  inki ufe koor na tuula aŋan

10. bapif *( ˈtwo hands' ) / bapʼ if

30.  inki ufe koor bapʼ

11. mabafifiŋki */ bapʼ if na inki

40.  bapʼ ufe koor  ('two men')

12. bapʼ if na bap

50.  bapʼ ufe koor bapʼ if

13. bapʼ if na jiita

60.  jiita ufe koor ('three men')

14. bapʼ if na aŋan

70.  jiita ufe koor bapʼ if

15. bapʼ if na tuul

80.  aŋan ufe koor ('four men')

16. bapʼ if na tuula inki

90.  aŋan ufe koor bapʼ if

17. bapʼ if na tuula bap

100. ɗibba ( < Oromo)

18. bapʼ if na tuula jiita

200. ɗibba bap

19. bapʼ if na tuula aŋan

1000. kumma ( < Oromo)

20. iŋk upa kor(one man)/inki ufe koor

2000. kumma bap

 

Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Pete Unseth, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Ethiopia, October 7, 1993.

Dr. Anbessa Teferra, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 1, 2007.

供资料的语言学家: Dr. Pete Unseth, 1993 年 10 月 7 日. Dr. Anbessa Teferra, 2007 年 7 月 1 日.

 

Other comments: The Shabo numeral system appears to be a base five system. The word 'if' means 'hand', hence 'bapʼif ' means 'two hands = ten. '15' is 'two hands and five'. The word 'ufe' means ' man or person' and 'koor' means 'whole /complete'. Hence, 20 is means 'one full person ( lit. one-person-full), i.e. the number of fingers and toes which one man has. By the same analogy 40 means 'two complete men', 60 'three complete men', 80 'four complete men', etc. Some numbers are loans from other languagesː 3 and 5 from Majang; 4 is from East Sudanic; 100 and 1000 from Oromo. In above table the numbers with an asterisk (1 to 11 and 20) were provided by Unseth in 1993.


                            

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