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insa in sitelen pona
insa in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤏 U+F190F

insa is a core content word, used as a spatial word, relating to something physically inside or in between.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word insa is derived from Tok Pisin insait, itself from English inside.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of insa, when used as a spatial word, includes inwards and things physically inside something. It can also refer to the space between two things that may not enclose it completely.[2] In relation to the human body, it usually refers to the guts and other internal organs.

insa also has various figurative applications. For example, the mind may be described as inside a head[2] under certain philosophical frameworks. Something neutral is between two extremes, a use that overlaps the semantic space of meso.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  centre, content, inside, between; internal organ, stomach

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as insa:[3]

internal5, inner5, interior5, centre5, guts4, core4, central3, inside3, middle3, belly3, stomach3, internal organ2, within2, insert2, content2, amid2, between2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for insa (󱤏) is derived from the open box radical with a location dot placed inside it. Compare the glyphs for anpa, monsi, poka, sinpin, as well as the secular version of sewi.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 215–216.

Further reading[edit | edit source]