I'll certainly agree that their math symbology is likely to be related to their writing... but how? The big factor is that there just aren't many terms available in the current dictionary that really apply to mathematics. While I'll grant that "gah" could be used in the sense that we use "two and two equals four", that's not very precise. The only math function I know a D'ni word for is "equals" (pehkai).
I thought about a simple math problem, 15+3=18. In written D'ni, that would be "heebor gah sehn pehkai heegahsehn"... and it sounded kind of silly, since the answer is the same as the problem, minus the bor suffix.
Of the basic four operations, here are some of the words and symbols that are used.
+ Addition, Add, Sum, Plus, Increase, Total (no D'ni words for any of them)
− Subtraction, Subtract, Minus, Less, Difference, Decrease, Take Away, Deduct (no D'ni words for any of them)
× Multiplication, Multiply, Product, By, Times (no D'ni word for multiply. There is a verb for "produce", nehtso, so shouldn't tahv make that into either "production" or "product" [nehtsotahv]? The D'ni word for "by" is teh or t', but that is normally used to mean "next to, with, in", so it's probably a mistake to assume that the D'ni would have used it as a mathematical function like we do. There is a D'ni word for "times", gortee, but gor refers to the fourth dimensional definition of time, or "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole" as one dictionary put it)
÷ Division, Divide, Quotient, Goes Into, How Many Times (again, no D'ni words for any of them)
Edit: Would it make sense if the first letter of a word for something served as the math symbol? In others words, "g" for plus, and "p" for equals? (Maybe not. The characters are still clunky.)
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