Numerals do not go above 5

Category
Nominal Categories - Numerals
Notes
'Many' or some other non-exact term used

Languages

Language Feature Status Grammatical Notes Source Created By Etymology Notes General Notes Phylogenetic Code
Cahuilla no Jane Hill
Cupeño no Jane Hill
Luiseño Jane Hill
Serrano no Jane Hill
Kitanemuk no Jane Hill
Kawaiisu no Jane Hill
Timbisha Jane Hill
Western Mono no Jane Hill
Chemehuevi Jane Hill
Southern Paiute no Jane Hill
Southern Ute no Jane Hill
Shoshone no Jane Hill
Comanche no Jane Hill
Idaho Shoshone no Jane Hill
Northern Paiute no Jane Hill
Gabrielino no Jane Hill
Achagua no Wilson & Levinsohn 1992 Ana Paula Brandao
Resígaro no The system counts at least up to twenty. Allin, 1976: 235-238 Aimee Lawrence
Bare yes Numbers go up to three Aikhenvald, 1995: 21 Ana Paula Brandao, Aimee Lawrence
Warekena yes Numerals go up to 2 Aikhenvald, 1998: 312 Ana Paula Brandao
Piapoco no Only numbers up to five are described in Galindo (2002), but he notes that the numbers above five are made via the syntactic unit expressing "five." Galindo, 2002: 190-191 Aimee Lawrence
Yukuna no Shauer & Shauer, 1978: 49-50 Aimee Lawrence
Yavitero yes Mosonyi, 1987: p. 78 Aimee Lawrence
Wapishana no Santos 2006 Ana Paula Brandao, Amanda Meeks
Wayuu no Captain, 2005 (numerals database) Aimee Lawrence
Tariana no Compound numerals exist up to twenty, but they are rarely used. Aikhenvald, 2003: 217 Aimee Lawrence
Apurinã yes Facundes, 2000: 359-360 Aimee Lawrence
Asheninka Apurucayali yes in actual speech Payne 1981; Payne 1982; Payne 1983 Amanda Meeks
Maipure yes Numbers above 4 are based on phrases or clauses. Zamponi 2003:31, 46 Amanda Meeks
Yanesha' no info Duff-Tripp Daniel Valle
Kinikinau yes Traditionally, numerals go up to three but now numerals go up to ten using borrowed words from Portuguese Couto 2005:50 Daniel Valle
Baure yes Numerals are only up to 3 Danielsen 2007:158 Daniel Valle
Nanti yes Numerals for “one” and “two” Michael, 2008. p. 311-312 Aimee Lawrence
Yine no Matteson 1965:593 Daniel Smith
Añun no Patte 1989:57-58 Daniel Smith
Bora no Seifart - 2005:130-132 Amanda Meeks
Makiritare no Hall 1988: 303; Escoriaza 1959:13 Melody Ann Ross, Amanda Meeks
Makushi no Carson 1982: 68-73 Melody Ann Ross
Eñepa no Tosantos 1977:28 Daniel Valle
Pemon no de Armellada 1999: 66, 67 Shannon Dardis
Guna no Smith texts Daniel Smith
Naso no Quesada 2000 Daniel Smith
Ika no Frank 1985:36 Daniel Valle
Kogi no info Daniel Valle
Cabecar no Bertoglia 1983:4-5 Daniel Valle
Guaymí no Alphonse 1956:13 Daniel Valle
Damana no Daniel Valle
Sikuani no Above 5, however, exact quantities are not typically referred to. Queixalós 1988 Daniel Smith There exist numerals up to 10, but they are very rarely used, and often muddle the meanings of the sentences. In fact, only numerals up to 3 are commonly used.
Macaguan no info Buenaventura - 1993 Amanda Meeks
Aguaruna no Overall 2007:163 Daniel Valle
Northern Emberá yes Native numerals do not go beyond 5 Aguirre 1999:83 Daniel Valle Chamí
Waorani no info Daniel Valle
Ingá no Levinson 1974:40 Daniel Valle
Matses no info Daniel Valle
Mapudungun no Zúñiga 2006, p. 189 Daniel Valle
Páez yes Jung:133 Daniel Valle
Quechua Ayacuchano no Parker 1965:35 Daniel Valle
Tikuna no info Daniel Valle
Urarina yes Native numerals go up to five. Numerals from 6 to 10 are borrowings from Quechua. Olawsky:277-8 Daniel Valle
Waunana yes Loewen 1954:97-98 Daniel Valle
Andoke no Landaburu 1979: 137 Kelsey Neely
Puinave no info Mitz Perez, Daniel Valle
Central Aymara no Huayhua Pari 2001: 214 Shannon Dardis
Kakua no Bolaños fieldnotes Katherine Bolaños
Kaingang no info Goncalves 2011:294 Daniel Smith
Hup no Epps 2008 Pattie Epps
Nadëb/Roçado dialect yes not enough info, but it seems that this is how it works Weir 1984 Katherine Bolaños
Dâw yes count by pairs; even/odd Martins 2004 Katherine Bolaños
Desano no Miller 1999, p. 46 Amanda Novak They count up to five on one hand, then start at six by saying 'one hand plus one' up to ten. From there they count on their feet up to the number twenty.
Cubeo no Amanda Novak
Kotiria yes Stenzel 2004, p. 190 Amanda Novak
Makuna no Smothermon & Smothermon 1993, p.39 Chris Clack
Koreguaje no Cook & Criswell 1993, p.42 Chris Clack The Koreguaje has its own words for numbers one to twenty. However, currently only used the first four. (esp for others.)
Barasano yes They normally count up to five and beyond that would use 'many'. Jones & Jones 1991, p.36 Chris Clack
Tanimuca no The Retuarã numbers one through ten are still widely used. Strom 1992, p.50 Chris Clack
Siona no Wheeler - 1970:79; Wheeler - 1987:119 Amanda Meeks
Tukano no numerals go up to 20 West and Welch 2004: 64 Kelsey Neely
Yanomami yes Mattei-Muller 2007 Kelsey Neely No numerals over 2
Ninam no no numerals above 2 Migliazza 1972, IDS list Kelsey Neely
Sanumá no no numerals above 2 Migliazza 1972 Kelsey Neely
Surui no info Daniel Valle
Karitiana no Everett 2006:315-7 Daniel Valle
Nheengatu no info speakers tend to use the Portuguese loan words Cruz 2011 Daniel Smith
Paraguayan Guaraní yes Numerals go up to 4 Ayala 1996:103-4 Daniel Valle
Aché no info Daniel Valle
Kokama no Vallejos 2010:264 Daniel Smith
Nyangumarta yes done 1
Jingulu no info done x
Wambaya yes done 1
Bunuba yes done 1
Walmajarri yes Done-Claire 1
Nyulnyul yes done? 1
Warrwa yes done 1
Worrorra yes ms9.1 done 1
Garrwa yes 12 done 1
Gooniyandi yes done 1
Warlpiri yes LG158-9 done 1
Bardi yes done-Claire 1
Yugambeh Y?
Yorta Yorta yes 82 done 1
Yir Yoront Done-Dan
Yindjibarndi no info done-Dan x
Yidiny yes done-Catherine 1
Yanyuwa no info Done-Austin x
Yandruwandha yes Breen dictionary Done-Dan 1
Yan-nhangu not yet
Yalarnnga no info Done-Dan x
Woiwurrung yes 96 done-Amalia 1
Wirangu yes 70 done 1
Wemba-Wemba no H Dictionary 23 done-Amalia 0
Warumungu yes 66 done-Amalia 1
Wangkumara no info done X
Uradhi Yes 424 Y 1
Paakantyi yes 84 Y-Hannah 1
Pitta-Pitta yes 238 Done-Amalia 1
Pintupi no info 246 done-Hannah x
Nyungar yes d50 done 1
Nhanta no info Done-Hannah x
Ngiyambaa yes 73 Done-Emily 1
Ngayawang yes 10 done-Amalia 1
Muruwari no 84, 334, wordlists Done-Dan 0
Mpakwithi
Mayi-Yapi yes 198 done 1
Martuthunira yes 190 done 1
Marrgany yes 371 Done-Amalia 1
Kuuk Thaayorre Yes 85 Done-Amalia 1
Kuku Yalanji yes 65 Done-Jessica 1
Kugu-Nganhcara yes 477 done-Amalia 1
Kaurna yes 20 wordlist done-Amalia 1
Kalkatungu yes 192 Done-Dan 1
Jaru yes 52 Done-Amalia 1
Guugu-Yimidhirr yes 176 Done-Amalia 1
Gureng Gureng yes 38, 65 Done-Amalia 1
Gupapuyngu
Gumbaynggirr no 277 done-Amalia 0
Gugu-Badhun yes 139 done-Jessica 1
Yuwaalaraay Yes 155 1
Dyirbal yes 240 done-Amalia 1
Duungidjawu yes 40 done 1
Djinang no info Done-Amalia x
Djabugay done
Diyari yes 56-57 done-Hannah 1
Dharuk
Dharawal no info done-Hannah w Dhurga) x
Darkinyung yes 130 done 1
Bularnu no info Done-Austin x
Biri yes done-Jessica 1
Bidjara-Gungabula yes 174 done-Jessica 1
Batyala Yes 209 Done-Amalia 1
Arabana no 104 Done-Dan 0
Alyawarr yes 159 done 1
Nyikina yes done-Claire 1
Yawuru Y-Claire
Ngarinyin
Yulparija Yes 65 Done-Amalia 1
Wathawurrung yes 109 done 1
Mathi-Mathi yes 74 done-Amalia 1
Hunter River and Lake Macquarie yes 151 done-Amalia 1
Thanggati yes 40 done 1
Katthang yes 72 done-Amalia 1
Panyjima yes word list, O: Adjectival Nominals done 1
Ngarinyeri yes 22 done-Amalia 1
Kurrama no info done-Dan x
Yingkarta no info Done-Claire x
Githabul yes 33 Done-Amalia 1
Gunya yes 371 Done-Amalia 1
Kunjen No info Done- x
WesternTorres no info done x
Wakaya no info done x
Yindjilindji no info done x
Bandjalang yes 200 Done-Amalia 1
Ngaatjatjara yes 151 done 1
Arrernte Yes 81 1
Kokatha no info x
Karajarri Yes 304 Done-Amalia 1
Pitjantjatjara Yes G 92 1
Ritharrngu Yes 246 Done-Amalia 1
Warrgamay Yes 131 Done-Amalia 1
Warluwarra no info Done-Amalia x
Warnman no info Done-Amalia x
Djapu yes 176 1
Bilinarra no info done x
Wiradjuri yes 26 done 1
Aghu-Tharnggala Yes 159 Y2 1
Narungga No info done x
Tharrkari Yes 18 1
Wajarri No info 36 x
Warungu yes 159 1
Adnyamathanha Y2
Yagua no info Payne and Payne 1990 Daniel Smith
Baniwa no Ramirez 2001 Patience Epps