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lukin in sitelen pona
lukin in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈlu.kin/ (listen)
Usage 2023: Core (99%  )
2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu ("synonym" in pu)
Part of speech Content word, preverb
Codepoint 󱤮 U+F192E

lukin is a core content word and preverb relating to vision.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word lukin is derived from Tok Pisin lukim, meaning "to see, to look at", itself from English look and the transitivizer suffix -im.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of lukin includes vision and seeing. It includes interacting with something by seeing, such as reading, watching, or observing.

As a preverb, it means to try, which is similar to the English phrase "looking to do something". The preverb sense of lukin is a synonym for that of alasa, "seeking to do something".

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  eye
VERB  to look at, see, examine, observe, read, watch
PRE-VERB  to seek, look for, try to

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as lukin:

see5, observe5, look at5, sight5, gaze5, observation5, check4, view4, scan4, watch4, visual4, examine3, inspection3, vision3, notice3, surveillance3, attention3, appearance3, examination3, detect3, assess2, stare2, perception2, perceive2, try2, glance2, impression2, reading2, regard (v)2, apparent2, visible2, read2, seek2, eye2, investigation2, monitor2, encounter2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for lukin represents an eye, as seen from the front. Compare oko, which represents an eye from the side.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.