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XVth International Conference on Sino-Tibetan languages and Linguistics, Beijing : Chine (1982)
Dzongkha Numerals
Martine Mazaudon 1
(1982-08-17)

This is the first description of the structure of the number system of Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. Two parallel systems are described, a decimal system, used in formal occasions, and a vigesimal system used for everyday life. We note the presence, in the vigesimal system, of interesting features such as fractional count, over-counting, and the obligatory mention of unit-counters (as distinct from classifiers). Grouping by pairs, and measure systems, especially an extended system of length measurements based on the human body are also note-worthy. the data was collected in 1977. It seems that the use of the vigesimal system is now (2010) endangered.
1:  Laboratoire des langues et civilisations à tradition orale (LACITO)
CNRS : UMR7107 – Université Paris III - Sorbonne nouvelle – Université Paris IV - Paris Sorbonne
Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics
Bhutan – Dzongkha – Tibetan – numeral – number – vigesimal – over-counting – fraction – unit-counter – measure
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