nasin sitelen kalama pi linja lili

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Caution: The subject of this article is an experimental or hypothetical style that is not understood by most speakers, or is used only in specific small communities. Learners should avoid using it.

nasin sitelen kalama pi linja lili (lit. 'small-lines sound writing method') is an experimental short style of writing sitelen pona names, designed and proposed by jan Sonja in late February 2024.[1]

In this system, tally marks are written across the cartouche line below each glyph, indicating the number of phonemes (or, equivalently, letters of their sitelen Lasina spelling) to pronounce. For one-letter words, one or no tally mark can be written.

Comparison with nasin sitelen kalama[edit | edit source]

The system is similar to the earlier nasin sitelen kalama, but it takes up less horizontal space and isn't based on morae (both features that may be seen as pros or cons). Additionally, it allows taking syllable-final n from the start of syllables na, ni, nu, ne, and no regardless of their position in the word.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Caution: The subject of this article is undergoing change. Specific and technical details here might not be up-to-date. This article will need to be updated once the subject is no longer in flux.

nasin sitelen kalama pi linja lili has been introduced to ma pona pi toki pona and other Discord servers. jan Sonja is considering using this style in her next book if enough popular support for it develops. Due to its recency, the style is not encoded into the UCSUR or supported in many sitelen pona fonts.

Criticism and limitations[edit | edit source]

A major criticism of nasin sitelen kalama pi linja lili is legibility. Because the tally marks are small, compact, and not generally clustered (as in 𝍸), groups of more than 2 or 3 marks may be difficult to count. By using sufficiently many phonemes from one glyph or adjacent glyphs, grouping might break down. That is, it may become difficult to tell which tally marks belong to which glyphs. Reading speed may also be slower than using morae.

The system also has several limitations and points of criticism in common with the earlier nasin sitelen kalama, such as ambiguous readings for certain glyphs such as ale (ale or ali).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ↑ jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (26 February 2024). [Message posted in the #toki-pona-kin channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 27 February 2024.