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toki in sitelen pona
toki in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ (listen)
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )
2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥬 U+F196C

toki is a core content word relating to communication.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word toki is derived from Tok Pisin tok, meaning "word, language", itself from English talk.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of toki includes any form or act of communication.[2] This includes spoken, signed, and written language, as well as non-verbal communication, such as gesturing. Communication does not require an external recipient, it includes intrapersonal communication, such as thinking, imagining, and talking or reading to oneself. It includes communication from non–human creatures, such as animals, plants, or even inanimate objects.

As an interjection, it is the most common greeting phrase for "hello".

toki is typically used as a headnoun for language names.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

VERB  to communicate, say, speak, say, talk, use language, think

ku[edit | edit source]

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

communicate5, speak5, say5, conversation5, communication5, hello5, speech5, talk5, language5, tell5, statement5, hi5, discuss5, discussion5, discourse4, mention4, comment4, refer4, message4, express3, remark3, dialogue3, reporting3, call3, narrative3, contact3, respond3, commentary3, disclose3, proposal3, admit3, verbal3, tale3, story3, declare3, interview3, testify3, answer3, report3, expression3, phrase3, excuse2, hey2, response2, reply2, greet2, confess2, declaration2, interaction2, suggest2, quote2, state2, preach2, describe2, negotiate2, specify2, claim2, feedback2, counsel2, coverage2, proposition2, suggestion2, accuse2, consult2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for toki is derived from ijo with emitters. It was designed to keep the preexisting toki pona symbol reverse compatible as a composite glyph.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".