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linja in sitelen pona
linja in sitelen sitelen
Coils of rope
Coils of rope
Pronunciation /ˈlin.ja//j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤩 U+F1929

linja is a core content word relating to long and flexible objects.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word linja is derived from Finnish linja, meaning "line", ultimately from Latin līnea.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

Object words, such as linja, lipu, palisa, supa, and sinpin

The semantic space of linja includes long, linelike, flexible objects such as string, rope, hair, and fiber. lipamanka's dictionary presents knottability as a test of whether something is linja.[2]

mi pali e len tan linja 

mi pali e len tan linja.

I am making cloth from yarn.

linja lawa mi li suli

linja lawa mi li suli.

My hair on my head is long.

By analogy, linja may also refer to a sequence or chain of objects. In common usage, it is also used to describe sitelen pona typefaces.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  long and flexible thing; cord, hair, rope, thread, yarn

ku[edit | edit source]

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

line5, string5, cord5, rope5, thread4, fibre3, cable3, link3, connection2, ray2, streak2, row2, wire2, hair2, sequence2, chain2, connect2, straight2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for linja (󱤩) is a wavy line, similar to the tilde or swung dash.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for linja (linja) depicts a piece of string rolled up into itself.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 266.

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