|Usage||2023: Widespread (70% ↗ )|
2022: Common (68%)
|Book and era||nimi ku suli (post-pu)|
|Part of speech||Particle|
n is frequently written with multiple letters (e.g. "nnn...") to indicate a drawn out sound.
Pronunciation[edit | edit source]
The word n violates Toki Pona's phonotactics. Speakers may accept this because they consider it easy to pronounce, or not technically a word in the first place, but e.g. more like an onomatopoeia. n arguably does not have to be pronounced /n/ but can stand in for any hum or nasal sound, regardless of phonotactics.
Some compare the word n to the coda "n" sound (sometimes written as /N/ when analyzed as a separate phoneme from /n/), which can also be pronounced as several different nasal sounds depending on context. (For example, [änpä] and [ämpä] are both correct pronunciations of anpa (/aNpa/), and Sonko (/soNko/) is often pronounced [so̞ŋko̞].)