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Date: 24-Oct-2006 From: Dan Everett <dlevereilstu.edu> Subject: Numbers and Counting
I am interested in collecting names of ethnic/linguistic groups that are known to have lacked more than a few words for number (or none) but then borrowed number words from another language and began counting as they needed to (such as entering into economic relationships with other ethnic groups).
If you could send me the names of such groups with a brief summary of the facts (e.g. when the borrowed the number words, when they began counting, what the circumstances were, etc.) that would be extremely helpful. I will post a summary if there are enough responses.