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sitelen in sitelen pona
sitelen in sitelen sitelen
Akkadian cuneiform written on a clay tablet
Akkadian cuneiform written on a clay tablet
Pronunciation /ˈsi.te.len/
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥠 U+F1960

sitelen is a core content word relating to visual depictions.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word sitelen is derived from Dutch schilderen, meaning "to paint".[2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of sitelen includes visual depictions, such as pictures, illustrations, symbols, and writing. It is a common description or headnoun of writing systems.

As a transitive verb, it refers to creating a depiction, focusing to the aspect of creation instead of communication.[3]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  image, picture, representation, symbol, mark, writing

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as sitelen:[4]

picture5, image5, graphic5, symbol5, drawing5, illustration5, photo5, write4, painting4, illustrate4, writing4, written4, depict4, draw4, photograph4, portrait3, icon3, representation3, mark3, portray3, record2, render2, text2, note2, sign2, pattern2, graph2, poster2, compose2, letter (of alphabet)2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for sitelen (󱥠) is derived from the closed box radical (lipu) with an ellipsis inside. Despite the box shape already containing a symbol, modifier glyphs are often scaled inside sitelen. It is inconsistent whether the ellipsis is moved above or below the modifier glyph.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  2. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  3. jan Juwan [@juwan.]. (9 November 2023). [Message posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 11 November 2023. "when using sitelen as meaning 'to write' as in 'mi sitelen e lipu', which aspect is more important".
    Which of the following aspects is more relevant to the semantic space of sitelen?
    Option Votes
    Drawings symbols itself 93
    Communicating through writing 5
    Other 3
  4. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 343.

Further reading[edit | edit source]