Language name and location: Nglâlmpw Kanum, Indonesia [Refer to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区恩拉姆普-卡农语, 印尼巴布亚省及巴布亚新几内亚交界地区


1. næmpr

2. yempoka  

3. yuow

4. eser

5. tampul

6. traowo (6¹)

7. næmpr traowo næmpr  (6+1)              

8. næmpr traowo yempoka (6+2)

13. yempoka traowo næmpr (2 x 6+1)

36. ptae (),  216. tarumpao (), 1296. ntamnao (6⁴), 7776. ulamæke (6⁵


Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Matthew Carroll, Department of Linguistics, the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. November 27, 2019.

提供资的语言家: Dr. Matthew Carroll, 2019 年 11 月 27 日.


Other comments: Ngkolmpu or Ngkâlmpw Kanum has a senary numeral system also known as a base-six system. In English, we use a decimal system which is based on recursions of ten units while senary systems are based around recursions of six. In Ngkolmpu, the words for one to six are naempr, yempoka, yuow, eser, tampui and traowow. Seven is naempr traowo naempr or ‘one six and one;’ thirteen is yempoka traowo naempr or ‘two six and one.’ You should be starting to see the pattern now. But what happens when you get to six groups of six, i.e. 62 or 36? Well there is a specific word for that ptae.  In fact, in Ngkolmpu there are words for 62, 63, 64 and 65. That’s all the way up to 7776! Related language Komnzo even has a word wi which is used for 66 or 46,656! If you want to learn how to count to 7776 in Ngkolmpu the entire system is presented in above table. Ngkâlmpw Kanum is spoken by about 100 speakers in Onggaya, Tomer, and Yanggandur villages south along Papua New Guinea border, Merauke regency, Papua province, Indonesia.

Language name and location: Nglâlmpw Kanum, Indonesia [Refer to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区恩拉姆普-卡农语, 印尼巴布亚地区 


1. næmpər

2. jɛmpoka

3. juaw

4. ɛsɛr

5. tampul
6. tɒrɒwɒ


Linguist providing data and dateː
Sohn, Myo-Sook, Randy Lebold and Ron Kriens. 2009. "Report on the Merauke Subdistrict Survey, Papua, Indonesia." SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2009-018:



Other comments: Nglâlmpw Kanum might have only few words for numerals.

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