|Usage||2023: Core (100% → )|
2022: Core (100%)
|Book and era||nimi pu|
|Part of speech||Content word|
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Semantic space[edit | edit source]
The semantic space of soweli, similar to other core animal words, depends widely on the speaker. Due to Toki Pona's philosophy of valuing direct, immediate, and personal experience, a strict cut-off at terrestrial animals that are specifically part of Mammalia as a taxonomic group would be out of line with Toki Pona's view on the world. However, its semantic space does have a very big overlap with mammals (and their relatives). The the defining features of soweli is a matter of debate.
Proposals have ranged from motion and speed on land, particularly of how the legs are used to move about, to fur and fuzziness, and to certain features of roundness (particularly around the head). Another way of getting closer to a description of soweli is to leave it as a catch-all category that does not fit into the other animal words – all of which face similar difficulty of being defined clearly and uncontroversially.
This leads to some edge cases, such as:
- Armadillos are perceived as scaly over fuzzy, leading to some people describing them as akesi over soweli, especially when using its armor as defense against predators.
- Elephants and rhinoceroses are not particularly hairy and have thickened, scaley skin but tend to be described as soweli over akesi, a similar thing happens to hippopotamuses.
- Ostriches and emus are unable to use their wings as a primary means of movement and have adapted to living on the ground while moving around very fast, leading speakers to describing them as soweli over waso.
pu[edit | edit source]
NOUN animal, beast, land mammal
ku[edit | edit source]
animal5, pig2, capybara2 , wolf2 , horse2 , mouse (2020)2 , tiger2 , large domesticated animal2 , Hominidae2 , procyonid2 , monkey2 , rabbit2, deer5 , creature4 , dog4 , cat4 , llama3 , goat3 , Musteloidea3 , beast3 , lion3
sitelen pona[edit | edit source]
The sitelen pona glyph for soweli represents a quadrupedal mammal.
sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]The sitelen sitelen glyph for soweli represents the head of a dog.
References[edit | edit source]
- Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.