|Usage||2023: Core (99% ↗ )|
2022: Core (98%)
|Book and era||nimi pu|
|Part of speech||Content word|
supa is a core content word that describes horizontal or supporting surfaces.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Semantic space[edit | edit source]
The semantic space of supa includes horizontal surfaces to put or rest something upon, such as tables, chairs, and platforms. Seats in particular are often phrased as supa monsi, a surface to rest the rear (of the body), so a specific supa can be defined by what it is expected to support. supa can also refer to the horizontal flatness of an object, overlapping with lipu.
Some speakers define supa as referring to furniture in general. It is not clear how far this extends to furniture that cannot support other objects.
supa has been contrasted with poki, something that holds an object by enclosing it. This creates the question of whether to refer to convex holding objects, such as hooks, as supa, poki, luka, or simply ilo jo.
pu[edit | edit source]
NOUN horizontal surface, thing to put or rest something on
ku[edit | edit source]
platform5, deck2, couch2 , stage2 , seat2 , bench2 , tablet2 , surface2 , chair2 , counter2 , pad2, table5 , shelf4 , board4 , furniture3 , flat3 , lie (be in flat position)3 , level3 , desk3
sitelen pona[edit | edit source]
The sitelen pona glyph for supa represents a table, backless bench, or similar piece of furniture.
References[edit | edit source]
- Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.