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

言名称和分布地区费沃尔语, 巴布亚新几内亚西部省及桑道恩省


1. makow (litː 'small finger of left-hand')

21. fet madik (litː 'bi-sep on right side')

2. alew (litː ring finger')

22. bokow madik (litː 'wrist on right side')

3. alewbino (litː middle finger')

23. auok madik (litː 'thumb on right side')

4. alalew ('pointer finger of left-hand')

24. alalew madik (litː 'pointer finger on rgd)

5. auok (litː 'thumb')

25. alalewbino madik

6. bokow (litː 'wrist')

26. alew madik

7. fet (litː 'middle of forearm)

27. deŋ makow

8. luwan (litː 'inside elbow)

28. deŋ makow dutad makow ?

9. bati (litː 'bi-sep)


10. naŋal (litː 'shoulder)


11. kum (litː 'base of neck/collar bone)


12. kiluŋ (litː 'ear )


13. kin (litː 'eye)


14. mittum (litː 'nose)


15. kin madik (litː 'eye on right side')


16. kiluŋ madik (litː 'ear on right side')


17. kum madik (litː 'other collar bone')


18. naŋal madik ('shoulder on right side')


19. bati madik (litː 'bi-sep on right side')


20. luwan madik ('inside elbow on right side')



Linguist providing data and dateː Ms. Charlotte Mecklenburg through Mr. Ray Stegeman, SIL-International, Papua New Guinea, October 12, 2010.

提供资的语言家: Ms. Charlotte Mecklenburg. 2010 年 10 月 12 日.


Other comments: Faiwol is spoken by approximately 3,200 speakers in Tabubil district, Western province and Telefomin district, Sandaun province, Papua New Guinea. Faiwol counting system is based on 27 and all twenty seven numbers are one ''deng''. Then you can count the number of dengs and have 27 of those and the final number then is 999. An example for the 72 apostles sent out is as follows: deng alew alo bako tade yak nangal madik kal. This says: two deng saying coming to the right shoulder number.  The word kal is used for number and literally means skin.

The numbers 3 'alewbino' has the approximately meaning of 'two (one) more''. The tally-word for 4 'alalew' is a reduplicated or pluralized form of 'two'. The midpoint of the tally is the nose, ''mittum' and thereafter from 15 to 27, tally-points symmetrical to

those used for 13 to 1 are employed, the tally-words of the second half-cycle distinguished from those of the first half-cycle by the addition of 'madik' meaning 'other'. The words for 'hand' and 'man' are given as 'taing (or 'teing') and 'kinim', respectively. As is usual with body-part tally systems, neither of these appear in the tally word employed.

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