Nominal vs Cardinal numbers in ASL
signwriting at MAC.COM
Mon Feb 9 00:40:51 UTC 2009
Grin...so in Arabic documents they use Hindu numbers instead of Arabic
numbers - ha!
So let's number pages as we wish...each document can be done
differently depending on the author, the layout artist, the
publisher...and it is all ok...
Meanwhile there is nothing wrong with writing page numbers in a Sign
Language too...they are useful tools for teaching to read numbers for
beginning readers...which would be an argument for using the cardinal
numbers for page numbers in ASL, since the cardinal version of ASL
numbers are what most people know best...they know the nominal but
they have not thought about it much and maybe it will seem more
correct to do the first five numbers with the palm facing the
chest...just a thought...
On Feb 8, 2009, at 4:25 PM, Adam Frost wrote:
> I just did a search on Wikipedia for Chinese numerals. It said that
> they used to use the characters for the numbers, but now are mostly
> using the Arabic numerals. I also found in the Arabic numeral
> article that the Arabs use what they call "Hindu numerals" which
> were the numbers that you saw on the Arabic translation that you
> referred to a few emails ago.
> On Feb 8, 2009, at 3:09 PM, SignWriting wrote:
>> How do Chinese documents number their pages? In Chinese? Or do they
>> use Arabic numbers now in their own style?
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