kiki

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kiki in sitelen pona
Red prickles on a rose stem
Red prickles on a rose stem
Pronunciation /ˈki.ki/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Uncommon (29% ↗︎ )
2022: Uncommon (21%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

kiki is an uncommon content word relating to sharp and pointy objects.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

This picture is used to demonstrate the bouba/kiki effect. When asked to assign the names "kiki" and "bouba" to these shapes, many people tend to label the shape on the left "kiki".

The word kiki is derived from a nonsense word created for the 2001 psychological study by V. S. Ramachandran and Edward Hubbard on sound symbolism, named the bouba/kiki effect.[1] The word in Toki Pona was coined by akesi kon Nalasuni in 2020.[2][3]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of kiki includes sharp and pointy objects.

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as kiki:[4]

spiky2, sharp1, angle½, point½

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The most common sitelen pona glyph for kiki (kiki) is a closed, jagged starburst shape. Like the glyphs for jaki and ko, it can be drawn flexibly as any spiky shape like a many-pointed star.

Other glyphs for kiki variations include a pentagon (kiki2) or triangle (kiki3) with pinched corners, and two concentric triangles (kiki4), inspired by the glyphs for sike and leko.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ramachandran, V.S. & Hubbard, E.M. (2001). "Synaesthesia: A window into perception, thought and language" (PDF). Journal of Consciousness Studies. 8 (12): 3–34. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  2. akesi kon Nalasuni [@nalathnidragon]. (13 September 2020). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 28 January 2024. "has anyone proposed "kiki" to mean "a spiky shape" yet".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 24.
  4. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 248.

Further reading[edit | edit source]