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sipi in sitelen pona
A man pointing at himself, wearing a frog-patterned face mask.
A man pointing at himself, wearing a frog-patterned face mask.
Pronunciation /ˈsi.pi/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Not notable (1% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (0%)
Book and era No book (pre-pu)
Part of speech Content word

sipi is a marginal content word and nimi sin functioning as a reflexive pronoun, as well as relating to the concept of self.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word sipi is derived from Latin sibi, which is the dative case of its reflexive pronoun. It was coined by spad0103 in 2007.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of sipi includes "ego", "self", or "(one's) own". Aside from a regular content word meaning (evidenced in the example compounds nasin sipi/pilin sipi for "egoism"), the main proposed use was as a reflexive pronoun:

ona li lukin e sipi 

ona li lukin e sipi.[1]

They look at themself.

In common Toki Pona, this would be expressed by repeating the pronoun (ona li lukin e ona), optionally with a sama modifier to make clear that it refers to the same entity (ona li lukin e ona sama).

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for sipi (sipi) is a circle with an attached arrow pointing to itself, somewhat reminiscent of the other pronoun glyphs.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 spad0103. (20 January 2007). "Re: Word requests / Petoj pri vortoj". Toki Pona Forums. Archived from the original on 5 February 2024. Retrieved 5 February 2024.

Further reading[edit | edit source]