nasin kijetesantakalu

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Caution: The subject of this article is nonstandard and will not be understood by most speakers.
If you are a learner, this information will not help you speak the language. It is recommended to familiarize yourself with the standard style, and to be informed and selective about which nonstandard styles you adopt.

nasin kijetesantakalu is a proposed analysis of Toki Pona's syntax made by Sonja Lang as an April Fools' joke in 2021. In her post on the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server, she wrote:[1]

On this blessed anniversary of kijetesantakalu, I would like to formally clarify that en is a subject marker that is omitted at the beginning of a sentence. The default and recommended word order in Toki Pona has always been subject–verb–object, but other structures are possible for stylistic effect.

She provided examples of the six possible word orders.

  • SVO: mi moku e kili.
  • SOV: mi e kili li moku.
  • VSO: li moku en mi e kili.
  • VOS: li moku e kili en mi.
  • OVS: e kili li moku en mi. kili li kama moku tan mi.
  • OSV: e kili en mi moku. kili la mi moku e ona.

nasin kijetesantakalu is generally not used among speakers. However, some have adopted it in their own nasin.

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