Re: Little-endian Numeral System?
- Dates in the DD/MM/AAAA format may be a case of this, although I don't
know if it's correct to consider the day "less significant".
Bills in little-endian would be specially dramatic:
"You have to pay me five cents, one, twenty, three hundred and... five
2013/8/18 Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <tsela.cg@...>:
> On 18 August 2013 13:04, Alex Fink <000024@...> wrote:
>> >AFAIK Arabic does. Or at least Classical and Modern Standard Arabic do.
>> Hm, Wikipedia on Arabic grammar suggests that this is also just a case of
>> ones before tens and doesn't extending further. e.g.:
>> | Formal: alfāni wa-tis`u mi'atin wa-thnatā `ashratan sanatan '2,912 years'
>> thousand and-nine hundred and-two ten years (coarsely)
>> | Spoken: alfayn wa-tis` mīya wa-ithna`shar sana(tan) '(after) 2,912 years'
>> Only difference in makeup here is univerbation of the "two-ten". Same
> Okay. I must have remembered wrong. I learned about Arabic a long time ago,
> and numbers in Arabic are notably complicated, so I must have misremembered.
> On 18 August 2013 14:59, Eric Christopherson <rakko@...> wrote:
>> On Aug 17, 2013, at 1:24 PM, Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <
>> tsela.cg@...> wrote:
>> > The
>> > interesting part is that when written in numerals, Arabic numbers follow
>> > the way they are spoken: least-significant figure first. Since Arabic is
>> > written right-to-left, this means numbers are written exactly as we write
>> > them, and can be read left-to-right by us correctly :P. And
>> > at least in the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, etc.), figures are actually
>> > written left-to-right, despite the rest of the text being written
>> > right-to-left!
>> This confuses me. Isn't writing in the Arabic world generally done in MSA
>> -- and thus more or less consistent across dialects? Do Maghrebi people
>> write in MSA with the *exception* of numerals?
> I was only talking about numbers written in figures: 102, 2013, etc. For
> those, there is a difference between how the Maghreb (basically all of
> Northern Africa, except Egypt and Sudan) and the Middle East write them:
> the Maghreb use the same Arabic numerals as we do: 0, 1, 2, 3..., while the
> Middle East uses the Indic numerals: ٠, ١, ٢, ٣ ... The order on the
> paper stays the same (and is the same as the order of numerals as written
> by us), but the order in which they are *written* seems to be different: in
> the Maghreb they leave some space and write numbers left-to-right, while in
> the Middle East (at least in Oman where I've been and seen people writing),
> they write them right-to-left. Although I've read once that some people in
> the Middle East also write numbers left-to-right, though with the Indic
> All in all a complicated situation...
> Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets.