Language name and location: Huli, Hela Province, PNG [Refer to Ethnologue]

1. mbira ~ mbiria (data from G.A. Lean, 1991) 
2. kira ~ kiria 
3. tebo ~ tebira ~ tebiria 
4. ma ~ maria 
5. dau ~ duria ~ turia 
6. waraga ~ waragaria ~ warakaria 
7. ka ~ karia 
8. hali ~ haliria 
9. di ~ diria ~ tiria ~ dira 
10. pi ~ piria ~ pira 
11. bea ~ beria ~ peria ~ bearia 
12. hombe(a) ~ homberia ~hombearia 
13. hale ~ haleria 
14. de~ deria ~ teria 
15. ngui ~nguria ~ nguiria ~ guria 
16. nguria ni mbiria 
20. nguria ni duria, 25. nguria ni piria, 30. ngui ki, 40. piria maria or pira maria 
45. ngui tebo, 50. piria duria or pira duria, 60. ngui ma, 70. piria karia 
100, piria piria or pira pira / handare mibira or handari mbira (handare < English) 
150. ngui pi, 200. handare kira, 225. ngui ngui 
1. mbiria (data from Cheri Floyd, 2022) 
21. guriani wargaria 
2. kiria 
22. guiriani karia 
3. tepiria 
23. guriani haliria 
4. maria 
24. guriani tiria 
5. turia 
25. guirani piria 
6. waragaria 
26. guirani peria 
7. karia 
27. guriani karia 
8. haliria 
28. guriani haliria 
9. tiria 
29. guriani teria 
10. piria 
30. 
11. peria 
40. 
12. homberia 
50. 
13. haleria 
60. 
14. teria 
70. 
15. guria 
80. 
16. guriani mbiria 
90. 
17. guriani kiria 
100. 
18. guriani tepiria 
200. 
19. guriani maria 
1000. 
20. guirani turia 
2000. 
Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Glen A. Lean, Department of Communications, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea, 1991. Sourceː Glendon A. Lean. Counting systems of Papua New Guinea, volume 10, Southern Highlands Province Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea, 1991. Reference source: 'Number morphs': Cheatham (1978, p.16) New data provided by Mrs.
Cheri Floyd, Wesleyan World Missions, Australia,
April 1, 2022, taken from Huli speakers who grew up in Hela
Province, Papua New Guinea, but now living in Mt Hagen, WHP, PNG).

Other comments: Huli is a Tari language spoken by the Huli people of the Hela Province of Papua New Guinea with about 150,000 speakers. Huli has a 15cycle bodytally counting system. Notes from Cheetham (1978, p.24): "The Huli count up to ten on their fingers, and then up to fifteen on the toes of one foot, usually the right one. They seem to have a varieties of ways of counting on their fingers, most often by pointing with the indexfinger on the other hand, but I have also seen them fold their fingers down, to produce two fits of ten, or start with their fists and releases their fingers. The method of counting seems to be the choice of the individual. I have never seen the parts of the head referred to, and may informants both in Hedamaili and Tari denies that this would ever happen. However, there appears to be some parts of the Huli area where thirteen, fourteen and fifteen are counted on the head". As Huli system possesses a 15cycle. Multiples of 15 have the construction 'ngui + number morph' so that we have: 30. ngui ki, 45. ngui tebo, 60. ngui ma, 150. ngui pi, 225. ngui ngui Numbers between 15 to 30 have the construction: 'nguria+ni+cardinal' so that we have: 16. nguria ni mbira, 20. nguria ni duria, 25. nguria ni pira. Whilst the traditional 15cycle system, particularly the 'open system', is obviously still use and indeed was given by all CSQ informants, there is evidence also of an alternative system, mentioned by 18 informants, in which the traditional system is adapted to product a 10cycle or decimal system most likely as a result of the influence of the decimal English or Tok Pisin counting systems. This system takes the number word for 10 in the traditional system, "'piria' or 'pira (with the cardinal suffix), and constructs the higher decades using this, normally beginning at 40 so that we have: 40 piria maria or pira maria, 50 piria duria or pira duria, 60. piria waragaria 70 piria karia, 100 piria piria or pira pira It is also apparent that the English word 'hundred' has been borrowed and adapted as quite a number of informants give the following: 100 handare mbira or handari mbira, 200 handare kira
New data provided by Cheri Floyd (April 1, 2022) mentioned as follows: My informant was Oraka, a Hela man in his 60s. From 30 onwards things became confusing. Should he say 3 tens, or 2 15s? Oraka worked several times to find the number 40, using his fingers and toes to count. But 40 is a hard number for him in his language. 45 would be an easier number, since it is base15. Some Huli speakers now make the number system fit the “white man” style of counting by tens. But this was not their original system, so an older Huli speaker like Oraka finds it difficult. According to Oraka, things like thousands and millions never existed to Huli people. They had no need of such large but precise numbers. He was becoming frustrated so just gave me the following examples of “big numbers” in Huli. ngui homberia=12 x15, ngui hale=13 x15, ngui ngui=15 x 15, ngui hombe=17 x 15, ngui te=19 x 15 
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