# Balinese numerals

The Balinese language has an elaborate decimal numeral system.

## Basic numerals

The numerals 1–10 have basic, combining, and independent forms, many of which are formed through reduplication. The combining forms are used to form higher numbers. In some cases there is more than one word for a numeral, reflecting the Balinese register system; halus (high-register) forms are listed in italics.

Final orthographic -a is a schwa [ə].

Numeral Basic Combining Independent
1 besik a-, sa-* abesik, aukud
(a)siki
kalih kalih- kakalih
3 telu telung- tetelu
tiga tigang- tetiga
4 (em)pat petang- pa(t)pat
5 lima limang- lelima
6 (e)nem nem- ne(m)nem
7 pitu pitung- pepitu
8 (a)kutus kutus-, ulung- akutus
9 (a)sia sia-, sangang- Asia

* A less productive combining form of a- 1 is sa-, as can be seen in many of the numbers below. It, ulung-, and sangang- are from Javanese. Dasa 10 is from Sankrit désa.

## Teens, tweens, and tens

Like English, Balinese has compound forms for the teens and tens; however, it also has a series of compound 'tweens', 21–29. The teens are based on a root *-welas, the tweens on -likur, and the tens are formed by the combining forms above. Hyphens are not used in the orthography, but have been added to the table below to clarify their derivation.

Unit Teens Tweens Tens
1 solas 11 se-likur 21 (a-dasa 10)
2 rolas 12 dua-likur 22 duang-dasa 20
kalih-likur kalih-dasa
3 telu-las 13 telu-likur 23 telung-dasa 30
tigang-likur tigang-dasa
4 pat-belas 14 pat-likur 24 petang-dasa 40
5 lim-olas 15 salaé 25 seket 50
6 nem-belas 16 nem-likur 26 nem-dasa 60
7 pitu-las 17 pitu-likur 27 pitung-dasa 70
8 pelekutus 18 ulu-likur 28 kutus-dasa, ulung-dasa 80
9 siang-olas 19 sanga-likur 29 sia-dasa, sangang-dasa 90

The high-register combining forms kalih- 2 and tigang- 3 are used with -likur, -dasa, and higher numerals (below), but not for the teens.

The teens are from Javanese, where the -olas forms are regular, apart from pele-kutus 18, which is suppletive. Sa-laé 25 (one thread [of 25 Chinese coins]), and se-ket 50 (one tie [of two threads of coins]) are also suppletive, and cognate with Javanese səlawé 25 and səkət 50.

There are additional numerals pasasur ~ sasur 35 and se-timahan ~ se-timan 45 (one opium packet [costing 45 coins]), and a compound telung-benang (three threads [of coins]) for 75.

## Higher numbers

The unit combining forms are combined with atus 100, atak 200, amas 400, tali 1000, laksa 10,000, keti 100,000, and yuta 1,000,000 as they do with dasa 10:

 100 s-atus 200 s-atak 300 telung-atus (tigang-atus) 400 s-amas 500 limang-atus 600 telung-atak (tigang-atak) 700 pitung-atus 800 domas ( ← *dua-amas or *ro-amas) 900 sanga 1000 siu 1200 (e)nem-bangsit 2000 duang-tali (kalih-tali) 1,000,000 a-yuta

Atak is a 'bundle' (of 200 coins) and amas is 'gold' (a gold coin being worth 400 copper coins). In addition, there is karobelah 150, lebak 175, and sepa (one pa?) for 1600. At least karobelah has a cognate in Javanese, ro-bəlah, where ro- is the short form for two (as in rolas 12).