ona

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ona in sitelen pona
ona in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈo.na/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥆 U+F1946

ona is a core content word and the standard third-person pronoun.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word ona is derived from Serbo-Croatian ona / она, meaning "she".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The word ona is a third-person pronoun, which is not marked for number, gender, or animacy. It can mean singular he/him, she/her, they/them, it and similar pronouns, and plural they/them. As a modifier, it usually implies possession, as in his, her, their, and its.

Rarely, ona may be used as a third-person neopronoun in English.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  he, she, it, they

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as ona:[3]

its5, her5, them5, their5, him4, he4, she4, they4, his4, it4, themselves3, itself3, himself2, herself2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for ona (ona) depicts a hand pointing aside from the speaker, viewed from above from their perspective; implicitly, in the direction of a third party from the speaker and audience.[4] It may either be drawn straight or curved (ona2).

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. kulupu pi kon ilo. (3 December 2022). "One year of toki pona". kupikoni's blog 💖. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  3. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 305.
  4. ilo Eko. (14 November 2020). "sitelen pona etymology rough draft i guess". Google Docs. Archived from the original on 5 November 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]