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ner-kep ‘eight (two less ten)

‘three’ has two allomorphs, kethom is a free form and occurs without a classifier or with the classifier ba only. -thom is a bound form which occurs with other classifiers and in numerals thirty to thirtynine.

onti kethom  ‘three ear rings’
monit bakethom ‘three men’
him pla-thom ‘three flat cakes’
thom-kep ‘thirty’
thomkep ra nerkep ‘thirtyeight’

‘ten’ has two allomorphs, kep and kre. kre- is abound form and is used to form the numerals eleven to nineteen. kep is a free form and occurs elsewhere.
kep ‘ten’
ner-kep ‘eight (two less ten)’
chir-kep  ‘nine (one less ten)
kre ichi ‘eleven’
kre pho ‘fifteen’
kre throkchi ‘seventeen’

‘twenty’ has two allomorphs ikoy and ikor-. ikor- is a bound form and occurs optionally with i koy in numerals twentyone to twentynine.
ikoy  ‘twenty’
ikoy ra hini~ ‘twentytwo’
ikorra hini  
ikoy ra pho~ ‘twentyfive’

‘eight’ has two allomorphs. The bound form throkner- occurs in numerals eighty to eightynine.
throkner kep ‘eighty (6+2x10)’

‘nine’ has two allomorphs. The bound form throkchir- occurs in numerals ninety to ninetynine.
throkchir kep ‘ninety (6+3x10)’
throkchirkep ra chirkep ‘ninetynine’


The classifiers classify the nouns on the basis of the qualities of the object that is identified by the noun. The qualities include the physical shape, size, the state, etc. When the numeral is added to a noun, the noun takes a classifier which is selected on the above basis. The classifier occurs with the numeral. The numeral one precedes the classifier and the other numerals follow it.
rika i-je ‘one small creeper’
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