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sinpin in sitelen pona
sinpin in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥟 U+F195F

sinpin is a core content word, used as a spatial word, relating to the front.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The etymology of the word sinpin is unclear. nimi ale pona claims that it is derived from Cantonese 前邊 (Jyutping: cin4 bin1), meaning "in front".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

Object words, such as linja, lipu, palisa, supa, and sinpin

The semantic space of sinpin, when used as a spatial word, includes something physically in front or the front face of an object. It may also refer to a frontal-facing plane, such as a wall. In relation to the human body, it usually refers to the chest or the face.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  face, foremost, front, wall

ku[edit | edit source]

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

front5, face (n)4, wall3, chest (anatomy)2, ahead2, barrier2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for sinpin (󱥟) is derived from the open box radical, rotated with the opening on the left, with a location dot placed on the right, behind it from the convention writing direction. Compare the glyphs for anpa, insa, monsi, and poka, as well as the secular version of sewi.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for sinpin (sinpin) depicts the tip of a finger pointing downward.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Moniz, C. Ryan (jan inwin); van der Meulen, Spencer H. (jan Pensa); lipamanka. (8 October 2020). "nimi ale pona (2nd ed.)". Google Docs.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 342.

Further reading[edit | edit source]