sitelen Lasina

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sitelen Lasina is a common tokiponized name for the Latin alphabet. According to the 2022 Toki Pona census, it is by far the most commonly used writing system for Toki Pona, preferred by about 3 times as many people as the bespoke sitelen pona.[1]

Letters[edit | edit source]

Toki Pona uses 14 letters. Consonants are pronounced as in the International Phonetic Alphabet[note 1]. For more about pronunciation, see Phonology.

j k l m n p s t w
[j] [k] [l] [m] [n] [p] [s] [t] [w]

Vowels can also be pronounced as in the IPA, but according to pu are ideally more centered, with /a/ being centralized and /e o/ being lowered to mid.

a e i o u
[ä] [e̞] [i] [o̞] [u]

Capitalization[edit | edit source]

Capital letters are not used in any common words,[note 1] not even at the beginning of a sentence—only in names. Thus, most text is completely lowercase. Because names are proper adjectives that conventionally follow a common headnoun, sentences almost always start with lowercase letters (unless the first word is a nonstandard name).

Suli sitelen ni li ike.

Nonstandard capitalization

suli sitelen ni li pona.

Standard capitalization

Autocorrect may add unwanted capitalization that is nonstandard in sitelen Lasina. See Autocorrect § Dealing with automatic capitalization.

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Aside from a few joke words.

References[edit | edit source]