Language name and location: Blafe, Papua New Guinea [Refer to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区布拉菲语, 巴布亚新几内亚西部省南博语言区西部


1. 'ŋæmbi

2. jɛ'lɛmbæ

3. 'jɛlo

4. 'æser

5. 't̪ambloi̯

6. 't̪rau̯ə  

7. 't̪rau̯əka ŋæmbi   (6+1)

12. jɛlɛmbæ t̪rau̯ə  (2 x 6)

13. jɛlɛmbæ t̪rau̯əkə ŋæmbi  (2 x 6+1)


Linguist providing data and dateː Ms. Jessica Thiessen through Mr. Ray Stegman, SIL-International, Papua New Guinea. January 16, 2013.
提供资的语言: Ms. Jessica Thiessen, 2013 年 1 月 16 日.


Other comments: The above data is from Ranmo dialect of Blafe language. It‘s a base six system. Traditionally (and still done at feasts), a pile of six yams would be counted as only one, and called [ˈŋæmbi]. Children in school just use the numerals for individual objects rather than a grouping of six object being counted as a whole. After six (actually, 36), there is a suffix added to six to make larger numbers, but it does not seem at all common for them to go beyond six. I have heard people in neighboring groups use a the word [nimbo] if they go above six when counting yams. I don‘t know if that is just a term for the group of yams or part of the numeral system. This Ranmo counting system is similar to that of the one used by the Arammba people living nearby. Blafe is spoken by about 550 speakers in Indorodoro village is center; west of Nambo language area, Western province, Papua New Guinea.

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