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Numbers in Kapingamarangi (Kirinit)

How to count in Kapingamarangi, a Polynesian language spoken in Kapingamarangi and Pohnpei islands in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers
0 ngogo
1 e-tahi, dahi
2 e-lua, lua
3 e-tolu, dolu
4 e-ha:, haa
5 e-lima, lima
6 e-ono, ono
7 e-hitu, hidu
8 e-walu, walu
9 e-hiwa, hiwa
10 e-mataŋahulu, madangaholu
11 mataŋahulu ma:tahi, madangaholu ma dahi
12 mataŋahulu ma:lua, madangaholu malua, dilongoholu malua [12 people]
13 mataŋahulu ma:tolu, madangaholu madolu
14 mataŋahulu ma:ha, madangaholu mahaa
15 mataŋahulu ma:lima, madangaholu malima
16 mataŋahulu ma:ono, madangaholu maono
17 mataŋahulu ma:hitu, madangaholu mahidu
18 mataŋahulu ma:walu, madangaholu mawalu
19 mataŋahulu ma:hiwa, madangaholu mahiwa
20 matalua, madalua
21 matalua ma:tahi
22 matalua ma:lua
23 matalua ma:tolu
24 matalua ma:ha:
25 matalua ma:lima
26 matalua ma:ono
27 matalua ma:hitu
28 matalua ma:walu
29 matalua ma:hiwa
30 motolu, mototolu, mosolu
40 mataha:, madahaa
50 matalima, madalima
60 moto:ono, modoono
66 moto:ono ma ono, modoono ma ono
70 matahitu, madahidu
77 matahitu mahitu, madahidu mahidu
80 matawalu, madawalu
90 matiwa
100 lau
200 lualau
300 tolulau
400 ha:lau
500 limalau
600 onolau
700 hitulau
800 walulau
900 hiwalau
1,000 madangaholu lau e dahi, mana
2,000 e lua mana
3,000 e tolu mana
4,000 e ha: mana
5,000 e lima mana
6,000 e ono mana
7,000 e hitu mana
8,000 e walu mana
9,000 e hiwa mana
10,000 e-mataŋahulu mana
once hagadahi
twice hagalua
thrice hagadolu

Source: Michael D. Lieber & Kalio H. Dikepa: Kapingamarangi Lexicon. The University Press of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1974.

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

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