*The Language Vorlin (2006)*

**cardinal numerals**

The basic cardinal numerals are:

**nom** (0)

**yun** (1), **dus** (2), **san** (3)

**kad** (4), **lim** (5), **tor** (6)

**zib** (7), **hog** (8), **nev** (9)

**dek** (10)

**bak** (100)

**taz** (1000)

**milon** (1,000,000)

**bilar** (1,000,000,000)

The words for 1 through 10 were designed to be as distinctive as possible.
Notice how often each vowel appears in the sequence **yun, dus, san, kad, lim, tor,
zib, hog, nev, dek.**

For the sake of discussion, we will call the numerals **dek, bak, taz,
milon, bilar** “powers-of-ten words.” Prefixing a numeral-word
ranging from 2 to 9 onto a powers-of-ten word indicates multiplication.
Therefore, **dusdek** means “twenty,” **tordek** means
“sixty,” etc. Note that **dek** by itself means
“ten;” it is not necessary to say *yundek.

In naming integers larger than ten, we create a compound word, starting
with the multiple of the largest powers-of-ten word and working our way
down to the hundreds, tens, and units. These words are written with
spaces after each powers-of-ten word. Examples: 11 = **dek yun**,
21 = **dusdek yun**, 365 = **sanbak tordek lim**.

**ordinals**

Ordinal numerals are created by adding **-a**: **yuna** = the
first, **dusa** = second, etc. (These words are adjectives.)

**fractions**

**hem** represents “half.” Other fractions are formed by
adding **per-**: **perkad** = one quarter, one fourth; **dus perlim**
= two fifths, 2/5.

**serial numbers**

Serial numbers, such as telephone numbers and the names of years,
are normally recited digit by digit: the year 1972 is called **yun
nev zib dus.**

**other quantifiers**

These quantifiers are also worth mentioning:

**yuwem** = one and a half

**piz** = pi (3.14159...)

**men** = more than one