Numbers in Proto-Brythonic

How to count in Proto-Brythonic, the reconstructed ancestor of the Brythonic branch of the Insular Celtic languages (Welsh, Cornish, Breton and Cumbric). It is also known as Common Brittonic, and was spoken from about the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD in most of Great Britain south of the Firth of Forth.

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  Cardinal Ordinal
1 ʉn [ʉːn] kɨnthaβ̃ [kɘntˈhaβ̃]
2 dọw [daː] ėl [ˈe̝ːlˑ]
3 tri [triː] trɨdɨð [trɨˈdɨːð]
4 pedwar [pɛdˈwaːr] pėdwėrɨð [pe̝dwe̝ˈrˑɨːð]
5 pɨmp [pɨmp] pɨmped [pɘmˈpɛːd]
6 hwex [ˈhwɛːx] hwexed [hwɛˈxɛːd]
7 seiθ [sɛi̯θ] seɨθβ̃ed
8 üiθ [yɨ̯θ] üɨθβ̃ed
9 naw [n͈oːi̯] nọβ̃ed
10 deg [dːɛːɡ] degβ̃ed [dɛɡˈβ̃ɛːd]

A recording of the cardinal numbers by Jacob Walters



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