Sunday, December 13, 2009

Kids' counting in Shawi?

Hi, metta hallem/t,
Happy a belated Eid!

Ameddukel nnegh Lameen of jabal al-lughat was kind enough to share with us an interesting link.

"Here's something that might be of interest: a German in 1926 recorded an unusual counting system from a Chaoui guy in Batna: hadellu, tninu, teltu, darbu, siqa, niqa, haitch, witch, korkor, ruwwela. (See here .) I would normally assume it was made up, but it looks a lot like one I've heard in Tabelbala, used for counting in children's games. Is this familiar at all?"

Any ideas?

Until next time, qimet d'i lehna.

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