Hypothesis of Znamensky about numerals in French language
Numerals in the languages of the world keep a lot of secrets and paradoxes.
One of such paradoxes hides in modern French language. How it looks like?
Those who studied this language, should have payed attention, that the system of numerals in French does not look like numerals in the other languages of Romanic group. A fundamental difference consists of that numerals in French allow direct count in tens (10,20,30..) only to sixty (soixante). Numeral seventy in French is absent and replaced by a word-combination “soixante dix” ( = sixty + ten ). The numeral of eighty is also absent and replaced by a word-combination “quatre vingt” ( = four * twenty ). The numeral of ninety is also absent and replaced by a word-combination “quatre vingt dix” ( = four * twenty + ten ).
Questions, questions, questions.
It is clear that such system of presentation of numbers (numerals) in French language have historical roots. It is possible to suppose that the forefathers of modern French counted only to sixty?
And what if the forefathers of modern French did not only use the system of count based on 10? What if they also used the system of count based on 60?
Is not there the track of enigmatic Sumerians? It is known fact, that Sumerians used the system of count based on sixty.
Hypothesis of Znamensky: It can be that trading with Sumerians generated for the carriers of prototype of modern French language who used decimal count, the necessity of recalculation from the system of count based on sixty (used by Sumerians) into the decimal numeration. Such necessity can be the reason that formed the decimal numerals for direct count only from one to sixty in a language — prototype of modern French language.
Another good question: If there is a similar paradox with numerals in any other language besides French?