18.2. Lojban numbers

The following cmavo are discussed in this section:

pa

PA

1

re

PA

2

ci

PA

3

vo

PA

4

mu

PA

5

xa

PA

6

ze

PA

7

bi

PA

8

so

PA

9

no

PA

0

The simplest kind of mekso are numbers, which are cmavo or compound cmavo. There are cmavo for each of the 10 decimal digits, and numbers greater than 9 are made by stringing together the cmavo. Some examples:

Example 18.2. 

pareci
onetwothree
123

one hundred and twenty three


Example 18.3. 

pano
onezero
10

ten


Example 18.4. 

parecivomuxazebisono
onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightninezero
1234567890

one billion, two hundred and thirty-four million, five hundred and sixty-seven thousand, eight hundred and ninety.


Therefore, there are no separate cmavo for ten, hundred, etc.

There is a pattern to the digit cmavo (except for no, 0) which is worth explaining. The cmavo from 1 to 5 end in the vowels a, e, i, o, u respectively; and the cmavo from 6 to 9 likewise end in the vowels a, e, i, and o respectively. None of the digit cmavo begin with the same consonant, to make them easy to tell apart in noisy environments.