Language name and locationː Kamasa, Papua New Guinea [Refer to Ethnologue ]
Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Geoffrey P. Smith, Department of Language and Communication Studies, The University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea. December 12, 1988.
Source: Smith, Geoffrey P.
1988. Morobe Counting systems, Pacific Linguistics, A-76, 1988,
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Other comments: Kamasa is a nearly extinct language of the Angan family language spoken by a few speakers, mainly at Katsiong refugee village north-eat of Menyamya. Morobe, Province, Papua New Guinea. No field data were collected, but the following numbers were taken from word lists prepared by Lloyd (1973:548).
Referring to common features of Angan languages, Lloyd notes (1973:87):
Counting systems are very similar...there are words for one, two and phrases literally two one for three and two two for four. For higher numbers the nouns hands and foot
The Kamasa counting system thus has two numeral words and appears to use the hands and feet to tally to 20.
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