Information about counting in Wapishana (Wapixana), a Northern Arawakan language spoken in Guyana and Brail.
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|2||dya’utam, paminauda’u tuma
[with a companion]
|3||idikinauda’u, idiki-nao kawana’ati-uda’
[according to the (number of) stones under a pot]
|4||pamina’utam-kida, paminauda’u tuma kida
[each with his companion]
|5||baka’iauda’u, bauda’apa ka’ui-uda’u
[one to its hand (five fingers plus one other finger)]
|10||baokooka’u, baoko waka’u
[both our hands (ten fingers)]
[one toe to our foot (ten fingers and one toe)]
[one side to our foot (ten fingers, five toes)]
[one toe to the other foot (ten fingers, five toes on one foot and one on the other)]
|20||banupapa-pidan, bauda’apa pidan nannaa
[a whole person’s body (all twenty fingers and toes on one person)]
[a whole person and one more]
[a whole person and two more]
[a whole person’s body and both hands more]
[two people’s bodies]
[two people’s bodies and both hands more]
[five people’s bodies]
[five people’s bodies and one more]
Source: Scholar's Dictionary and Grammar of the Wapishana language. Tominpainao Ati'o Wapichan Paradan Parada-karu na'iki Paradauzo-karu kaduzu. Wapishana Language Project, Guyana 2000.
Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl
Information about Wapishana | Numbers
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