sitelen sitelen (also known as sitelen suwi) is a logographic writing system for Toki Pona, created by Jonathan Gabel around 2006. It is one of the two non-Latin writing systems featured in Toki Pona: The Language of Good, alongside sitelen pona. The overall style of sitelen sitelen was inspired by United States west-coast comix and east-coast graffiti, while the word shapes themselves are often taken from hieroglyphs or religious symbols.
sitelen sitelen is non-linear in nature: instead of a straight row, words are arranged in blocks reminiscent of comic strips. Prepositions and part-of-sentence marking particles wrap around their contents, similarly to sitelen pona's cartouches.
Glyphs[edit | edit source]
Word glyphs[edit | edit source]
Aside from tonsi, which was added in 2020, Gabel designed the glyphs for nimi ku suli in collaboration between lon Jawin, jan Pensa, and jan Saki, with feedback from Nundrum, Skymandr, and jan Temili.
- Original glyph, now deemed alternative
Syllable glyphs[edit | edit source]
Punctuation glyphs[edit | edit source]
Writing[edit | edit source]
Glyph density[edit | edit source]
When written at smaller sizes where they would otherwise be too dense, glyphs can be simplified. The drawing dictionary presents each word glyph at large and small sizes to give examples for how details can be removed while staying recognizable.
Notable works[edit | edit source]
lipu lawa pi esun kama[edit | edit source]
jan Mato wanted to test whether artificial languages were suited for sales contracts. In 2009, Gabel followed through on Mato's challenge, negotiating with him mainly in Toki Pona and creating "lipu lawa pi esun kama: a contract for future sales". Written in sitelen sitelen, the contract describes the sale of itself for $100 USD to jan Mato.
Afterwards, Mato reflected on the experiment, providing his opinions on Toki Pona's suitability for contracts and business.
nasin nasa[edit | edit source]
nasin nasa by Vacon Sartirani is a surreal webcomic about weird creatures on a weird planet, written entirely in sitelen sitelen. The first chapter came out in June 2019, and no new chapters have come out since the 5th chapter in May 2020. It is available for free on Tapas and on Webtoon. (Note: it has erotic themes, gore, assault, and other potentially disturbing visuals.)
meli lili pi len loje[edit | edit source]
In 2019 jan Same released a translation of The Little Red Riding Hood from the brothers Grimm in four different writing systems, including sitelen sitelen. It can be found here.
lipu tenpo[edit | edit source]
[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Jonathan Gabel (August 2, 2012). lipu lawa pi esun kama.
|Development and usage||jan Sonja · Toki Pona: The Language of Good (2014) · Tokiponidos · Software (Tools · Fonts) · suno pi toki pona · Toki Pona census · Toki Pona Dictionary (2021) · UCSUR · ijo Linku · ISO 639-3|
|Conventions||Phonology (Phonotactics) · Words (Tokiponization) · Grammar (Word order) · Writing systems (sitelen Lasina · sitelen pona · sitelen sitelen) · luka pona (sign language) · Number systems · Calendar systems · Styles (pu · pu-rism · ku · Nonstandard)|
|Philosophy||Minimalism · Context · Circumlocution · Expression · Lexicalization · Multiple sentences|
|Resources||Frequently asked questions · Courses · Dictionaries · Cheat sheets · Visual aids · Communities · Websites · Media|