Kanum language

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Kanum
Region New Guinea
Native speakers
340  (1996)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
kcd – Ngkâlmpw Kanum
khd – Bädi Kanum
krz – Sota Kanum
kxq – Smärky Kanum
Glottolog kanu1280[2]

Kanum is a language complex with difficult mutual intelligibility spoken by the Kanum people of New Guinea.

Kanum has a base-6 numeral system. For example, the numeral 200 is:

swabra ptae ynaoaemy ntamnao
5 6²s (36s) (and) 2 (and) 3×6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ngkâlmpw Kanum at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Bädi Kanum at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Sota Kanum at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Smärky Kanum at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kanum". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.