Translations:Three-vowel system/7/en

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On 8 July 2002, a Toki Pona Forums user named Viktoro proposed converting Toki Pona into a trivocalic language. Viktoro cited an extremal three-vowel contrast as an explanation for iki being confused with ike and replaced with ona. Sonja Lang replied that she had considered the idea before, but posed that:

  • "[I]t would blur proper nouns beyond recognition."
  • Existing phonotactics, such as the *ti-palatalization rule, could generate knock-on decisions: "would 'sitelen' become 'sisilin' or 'sitalin'?"
  • She would not make "such a radical change… without the support of the majority" and "much consultation and thought".