International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

Morphology of A`be`sa`be`si` Numerals: A Case Study of E````kiro`mi ``
Taiwo O Agoyi

This paper explores the mathematical conceptualization and arithmetical operations that are expressed by the linguistic forms of the numeral systems of ‘A`be`sa`be`si’ (Known in literature as Akpes (etymology ibe), E`kiro`mi` lect in particular) a member of the Edoid language family of Niger Congo language. Direction of E`kiro`mi` counting is from left to right. The morphology of the numerals indicates E`kiro`mi` basic elements as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20 and three basic points of bundles as10, 20 and 400. Thus African Languages may start with the same basic elements but combine them in intricate and create ways and patterns to produce unique and effective numeral systems cf. Oyebade and Agoyi (in preparation).

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