|Usage||2023: Core (100% ↗ )|
2022: Core (99%)
|Book and era||nimi pu|
|Part of speech||Content word|
mama is a core content word relating to parents, ancestors, and caretakers.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Semantic space[edit | edit source]
jan [sona olin nasa jasima alasa] li mama pi toki-pona
jan Sonja li mama pi toki pona.
jan Sonja is the creator of Toki Pona.
According to the monsutatesu, the word mama when used as a transitive verb can have two opposite definitions: "to cause (someone) to be a parent" and "to nurture (as a parent)". This was first noted by jan Likipi in 2020. Another alternative meaning is "to create", synonymous with lon.
pu[edit | edit source]
NOUN parent, ancestor; creator, originator; caretaker, sustainer
ku[edit | edit source]
parent5, father2, daddy2 , founder2 , dad2, parental5 , mama5 , mommy4 , mom4 , creator3 , mother3 , foster3 , originator3
sitelen pona[edit | edit source]
The sitelen pona glyph for mama is believed to represent a parent (bigger circle) and a child (smaller circle).
sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]
It replaced the older and now deemed alternative glyph, as it was considered too focused on the feminine aspect of the word. It represented a female body with exaggerated breasts, inspired by the Venus of Willendorf figurine and the Nanas, modern statues depicting the female silhouette.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
- lipamanka. toki pona dictionary. lipamanka's website. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
- jan Likipi [@lilscribby] (28 July 2020). [Messages posted in the
#sona-musichannel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord.
re: what's monsutatesuwhich doesnt make much sense
mi mama e ona means what?
usually "I created it" or "I parent/nurture it"
but that's backwards from the normal transitivity rules which would say "I make it into a parent"
- kala pona Tonyu (29 January 2021). "monsutatesu". lipu kule.
- Gabel, Jonathan (14 August 2020). "sitelen ante tawa nimi mama". Jonathan Gabel.