|Usage||2023: Core (99% → )|
2022: Core (99%)
|Book and era||nimi pu|
|Part of speech||Semiparticle, content word|
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Semantic space[edit | edit source]
The semantic space of taso is very similar to the English word "only". For example, toki pona taso often means "Toki Pona only", which can etymologically be remembered as "Toki Pona, that's all". When used as a content word, taso expresses the idea of being alone in a category or qualification, or filtering options to the stated one.
Moreover, taso can be used at the start of a sentence; this is similar to the conjunction sense of "only", which can also be translated as "but" or "however".
mi wile lape taso mi ken ala
mi wile lape. taso, mi ken ala.
I want to sleep, only I can't.
Sentence-initial use[edit | edit source]
There is some debate over whether to follow sentence-initial taso with la, treating it as a context phrase. Some speakers argue that taso la would have the separate meaning of "in the context of loneness", while others resist the use of taso without la as a conjunction. The same arguments apply to kin.
pu[edit | edit source]
PARTICLE but, however
ku[edit | edit source]
only5, regardless2, exception2, but5 , solely5 , however5 , exclusively4 , although4 , though4 , just4 , exclusive4 , despite4 , nonetheless4 , mere4 , merely3 , except3 , yet3 , sole3 , nevertheless3 , whereas3
sitelen pona[edit | edit source]According to jan Sonja, the sitelen pona glyph for taso () was created synaesthetically.Blissymbols, which represents the halting of a free flow of speech, but this has been stated to be a coincidence.
References[edit | edit source]
- Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
- Bliss, C. K. (1965). Semantography (Blissymbolics): A simple system of 100 logical pictorial symbols, which can be operated and read like 1+2=3 in all languages (...). 2nd enlarged edition. p 449. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Semantography (Blissymbolics) Publications. Retrieved 31 October 2023.