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ale in sitelen pona
ale in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈa.le/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (90% ↘︎ )2022: Core (92%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Number, content word
Codepoint 󱤄 U+F1904

ale (also pronounced ali) is a core content word referring to everythingness, all or plenty of something.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word ale is derived from Dutch alle, meaning "all".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of ale includes all entities in a group or the entirety of something.

ona ale li pona 

ona ale li pona.

They all are good.
All of it is good.

The idea of "some, but not necessarily many" can be communicated by negating ale with ala.

jan-ale ala li suwi

jan ale ala li suwi.

Not everyone is sweet.

ale can refer to everything in existence, life or reality itself, much like lon.

ale li pona.

All is well.
Life is good.
Don't worry.

ale may denote when something is infinite, or plentiful—that is, virtually infinite. This is reflected in its number sense, where ale means 100.

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines ale as:

ADJECTIVE  all; abundant, countless, bountiful, every, plentiful
NOUN  abundance, everything, life, universe

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as ale:[2]

every4, everything4, all4, entire4, universal3, completely3, total3, entirely3, universe3, altogether3, comprehensive3, full2, totally2, each2, fully2, any2, thoroughly2, absolute2, general2, countless2, complete2, whole2, hundred2

The respondents translated the following English words as the word variant ali:[2]

all2, entire2, universe2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for ale (󱤄) is derived from the infinity symbol (∞).

ali[edit | edit source]

ali in sitelen pona
ali in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Uncommon (32% ↘︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't use this word.2022: Uncommon (35%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤄 U+F1904

ali is an uncommon variant of ale. They are generally considered to be spelling and pronunciation variants of the same word, not two separate synonyms. It was coined to distinguish itself from ala ("nothing"). ale and ala are a minimal pair, and some speakers reduce the final vowel of both words to schwa.

In other writing systems[edit | edit source]

In writing systems that are not based on phonetics, such as the logographic sitelen pona and sitelen sitelen, ale and ali are written the same way, and may then be read as either pronunciation.

Wikimedia Commons has a nonstandard disambiguatory sitelen pona glyph for ali, written as ale with a ring similar to the degree sign: . In practice, speakers do not use this glyph. The file description acknowledges that "[u]sing this file is discouraged except for special (e.g. educational) purposes."

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 201.

Further reading[edit | edit source]