|Pronunciation||/jan/ (listen)/j/ sounds like Y, as in|
"fjord" or "hallelujah".
|Usage||2023: Core (100% ↗ )|
2022: Core (99%)
|Book and era||nimi pu|
|Part of speech||Content word|
jan is a core content word relating to people and humans.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Semantic space[edit | edit source]
The semantic space of jan includes both humans (members of the species Homo sapiens) and people (the definition of which is less concrete). These concepts usually coincide, but not always; it's debatable whether jan applies to aliens, robots, talking animals, or tokiponists with headnouns other than jan, and whether groups containing them should be addressed as jan. As such, some speakers avoid using it as a general term.
Many people use jan as the headnoun of their name. Non-Tokiponists often mistake this for the name Jan and refer to them as such. A simplified explanation that avoids getting into the philosophy and grammar of Toki Pona names is that the jan acts as an honorific.
pu[edit | edit source]
NOUN human being, person, somebody
ku[edit | edit source]
person5, individual2, civilian2 , whoever2 , citizen2 , participant2 , Hominidae2 , personal2, human5 , people5 , anybody4 , dude4 , anyone3 , character3 , somebody3 , guy3 , being3
sitelen pona[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.