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waleja in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈwa.le.ja/ 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Obscure (3% ↘︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (5%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

waleja is an obscure content word and nimi ku lili relating to context and relevance.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word waleja is derived from Quenya valdëa, meaning "of moment, important". It was coined by jan inwin in 2019.

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of waleja includes context, topics and themes of discussion, and relevance and pertinence. The phrase ijo poka, "things nearby", can be used to similar effect to refer to context.[1]

waleja is rarely also used as a preposition meaning "about".[citation needed]

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as waleja:[2]

context1, circumstance1, attention½, theme½, situation½, background½, emphasize½, emphasis½, topic½, case½, subject½, premise½

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Minasa. (6 August 2022). "ijo poka en toki pona // kepeken TPT" [Context and Toki Pona // using Toki Pona only] (in Toki Pona). astrodonunt [@astrodonunt]. YouTube. Retrieved 14 February 2024.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362.

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