The problem gives 7 numbers and 7 unmatched word forms in random order.
15, 1,16,2,10,11,14 and
aina-bumfit, para-dig,bumfit,aina-dig,aina,dig,peina The question is to figure out the number peina-bumfit represents. If it makes a different, the problem states that this counting was used to count sheep in Millom,Cumbria in Northern England.
I assumed that when dashes were involved then it meant there were two digits. That would mean there are a minimum of 4 single-digit numbers since there are 4 un-dashed phrases. So the base has to be greater than 11 since it's 1,2,10,11... in order. But you have "para" and "aina"(assuming powers increase from right to left) and "bumfit and "dig"(is powers increase left to right). Then one of the leading digits would be at minimum 1 and the other at minimum 2. But then the value represented by the 2 digit would need to be at least (11 + 1)*2 = 24, which is greater than any of the listed numbers
Could someone please help me with this? Thank you. If there is anything wrong with this question please tell me, this is my first question on Linguistics Stack Exchange.