su (particle)

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su (particle) in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /su/
Usage 2023: N/ACaution: This word has not been surveyed for. Most speakers likely don't understand it.
Book and era No book
Part of speech Particle

su is a nonstandard question-marking particle.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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The particle su is derived from the Esperanto interrogative particle ĉu /t͡ʃu/.[citation needed]

This word was coined[by whom?] before those reserved for future use by jan Sonja,[citation needed] of which su was one.[1] Combined with the fact that it is nonstandard and absent from Linku, the particle su is likely to fall out of use after the release of the book series su. Similar, though less severe, conflicts apply to lu (conflicting with a synonym of lo) and nu (conflicting with a synonym of sin).

Function[edit | edit source]

su is used in place of li (or o) to mark the sentence as a yes–no question. Thus, each of these sentences denote the same meaning:

sina moku alamoku

sina moku ala moku?

sina moku anu seme

sina moku anu seme?


sina su moku?

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for su (su2) is derived from that of anu, with the dot from seme (seme), itself depicting a question mark.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 351.