toki pona luka

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Marek Blahuš and Václav Zouzalík speaking Signed Toki Pona while eating lunch, during the Eŭropa Tokipona Studado in 2015

Signed Toki Pona or toki pona luka is a manually coded relex of Toki Pona, featuring the same grammar and word order. It is described in Toki Pona: The Language of Good.

toki pona luka has effectively been deprecated, and only consists of the 120 main nimi pu as a result. In the Toki Pona Dictionary, jan Sonja advocates and recommends learning luka pona, a full sign language, instead of toki pona luka.[1]

Phonology[edit | edit source]

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Handshapes[edit | edit source]

Handshapes in toki pona luka describe the right hand.

  • Flat hand (FlatB)
  • Thumb-fist (OpenA)
  • Bent hand (BentB)
  • O hand (O)
  • 1 hand (1)
  • 2 hand (2)
  • Wiggling hand (fingers moving; depicted in pu as spread; 5)
  • L hand (L)
  • F hand (9)

Locations[edit | edit source]

  1. In front of chest
  2. At side of forehead
  3. At side of chin
  4. At left shoulder
  5. At left elbow
  6. On top of left fist
  7. On stomach
  8. Under left slanted forearm

Orientations[edit | edit source]

Most signs specify the direction that the palm faces; others specify the direction a finger points.

  1. Left
  2. Up
  3. Down
  4. Forward
  5. Back

One or both hands[edit | edit source]

Most signs use only the right hand. Some signs use both hands, mirrored in gesture.

Dictionary[edit | edit source]

Sign Handshape Location Orientation Hands
a/kin flat at side of chin palm left one
akesi 2 at left elbow palm back one
ala flat at left shoulder palm down one
alasa 1 at left shoulder palm back one
ale/ali wiggling in front of chest palm forward both
anpa bent in front of chest palm down one
ante bent on top of left fist palm left one
anu L in front of chest palm down one
awen L at left shoulder palm back one
e flat in front of chest palm down one
en L on top of left fist palm down one
esun bent in front of chest palm up both
ijo thumb-fist in front of chest palm down
thumb left
one
ike thumb-fist in front of chest palm forward one
ilo thumb-fist on top of left fist palm up one
insa L on stomach palm back one
jaki thumb-fist at side of chin palm forward one
jan 2 at left shoulder palm back one
jelo F on stomach palm down one
jo bent on top of left fist palm up one
kala flat at left elbow palm back one
kalama wiggling at side of chin palm left one
kama bent in front of chest palm back one
kasi F on top of left fist palm down one
ken thumb-fist at left shoulder palm back one
kepeken L on top of left fist palm left one
kili thumb-fist at side of chin palm left one
kiwen thumb-fist on top of left fist palm down one
ko bent on stomach palm down one
kon wiggling in front of chest palm left one
kule F in front of chest palm left one
kulupu 2 at left shoulder palm down one
kute thumb-fist at side of forehead palm left one
la bent in front of chest palm left one
lape flat at side of forehead palm left one
laso F at left elbow palm down one
lawa flat at side of forehead palm forward one
len bent at left shoulder palm back one
lete wiggling at left elbow palm down one
li flat in front of chest palm left one
lili 2 at side of chin palm forward one
linja 1 at side of forehead palm left one
lipu flat on top of left fist palm up one
loje F at side of chin palm left one
lon 1 on top of left fist palm down one
luka flat in front of chest palm forward one
lukin/oko 2 in front of chest palm down one
lupa O in front of chest palm left one
ma flat in front of chest palm down both
mama 2 on stomach palm down one
mani thumb-fist at left elbow palm back one
meli 2 on stomach palm back one
mi thumb-fist in front of chest palm down
thumb back
one
mije 2 on top of left fist palm left one
moku O at side of chin palm back one
moli L at side of forehead palm back one
monsi L in front of chest palm forward one
mu wiggling at side of chin palm down one
mun O at side of forehead palm left one
musi wiggling at side of forehead palm left one
mute flat in front of chest palm forward both
nanpa 2 in front of chest palm back one
nasa thumb-fist at side of forehead palm forward one
nasin flat in front of chest palm left both
nena bent on top of left fist palm down one
ni L at side of chin palm back one
nimi nothing under left slanted forearm one
noka flat in front of chest palm back one
o wiggling in front of chest palm down one
olin wiggling on stomach palm back one
ona 1 in front of chest index finger left one
open O at left shoulder palm down one
pakala thumb-fist on top of left fist palm forward one
pali thumb-fist on top of left fist palm left one
palisa O on top of left fist palm left one
pan F at side of chin palm back one
pana wiggling in front of chest palm up one
pi O in front of chest palm forward one
pilin F on stomach palm back one
pimeja F at left shoulder palm down one
pini O at left shoulder palm up one
pipi 1 at left elbow palm back one
poka L at left elbow palm back one
poki O in front of chest palm down one
pona thumb-fist in front of chest palm left
thumb up
one
pu wiggling on top of left fist palm up one
sama thumb-fist in front of chest palm down both
seli wiggling at left shoulder palm down one
selo F at left elbow palm back one
seme flat in front of chest palm up one
sewi 1 in front of chest palm left
index finger up
one
sijelo flat on stomach palm back one
sike O on top of left fist palm down one
sin/namako wiggling on top of left fist palm left one
sina 1 in front of chest index finger forward one
sinpin L in front of chest palm back both
sitelen F in front of chest palm left both
sona bent at side of forehead palm left one
soweli flat at left elbow palm down one
suli 2 at side of forehead palm forward one
suno bent at side of forehead palm forward one
supa flat in front of chest palm up both
suwi 2 at side of chin palm left one
tan bent at left elbow palm back one
taso L in front of chest palm down both
tawa bent in front of chest palm forward one
telo wiggling in front of chest palm down both
tenpo F on top of left fist palm left one
toki bent at side of chin palm left one
tomo bent in front of chest palm left both
tu 2 in front of chest palm forward one
unpa 2 on top of left fist palm down one
uta 1 at side of chin palm back one
utala thumb-fist at left shoulder palm forward one
walo F at side of forehead palm down one
wan 1 in front of chest palm forward
index finger up
one
waso O at side of chin palm forward one
wawa thumb-fist on stomach palm back one
weka O at left elbow palm down one
wile O on stomach palm up one
A thumb-fist under left slanted forearm palm back one
E flat under left slanted forearm palm back one
I/J 1 under left slanted forearm palm down one
K bent under left slanted forearm palm down one
L L under left slanted forearm palm back one
M wiggling under left slanted forearm palm back one
N wiggling under left slanted forearm palm down one
O O under left slanted forearm palm down one
P F under left slanted forearm palm down one
S thumb-fist under left slanted forearm palm down one
T flat under left slanted forearm palm down one
U/W 2 under left slanted forearm palm back one

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 11. See Notes on lipu pu.
    Signed Toki Pona (toki pona luka) was presented as a game to battle Lojbanists. A new and very pona project, luka pona, has since been designed by jan Olipija to be usable as a naturalistic sign language alongside Toki Pona. I recommend learning luka pona.

External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipesija has a Toki Pona article on
toki pona luka.