||This article needs more sources for reliability. (September 2013)|
|Created by||Sonja Elen Kisa|
|Setting and usage||testing principles of minimalism, the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis and pidgins|
|Users||three said to be fluent; several dozen with internet chat ability (date missing)|
|Sources||a posteriori language, with elements of English, Tok Pisin, Finnish, Georgian, Dutch, Acadian French, Esperanto, Croatian, Chinese|
Toki Pona (in Toki Pona it means good language or simple language) is a constructed (made-up) language. Sonja Elen Kisa, Canadian translator and linguist, made the language. It focuses on simple ideas that are known to all cultures. Toki Pona is a minimal (very small) language. It has only 123 words. Normally toki pona uses the latin alphabet, but many toki-pona-speakers create other systems of writing for this language.
Example of text[change | change source]
Lord's Prayer (translated by Pije/Jopi):
mama pi mi mute o, sina lon sewi kon.
nimi sina li sewi.
ma sina o kama.
jan o pali e wile sina lon sewi kon en lon ma.
o pana e moku pi tenpo suno ni tawa mi mute.
o weka e pali ike mi. sama la mi weka e pali ike pi jan ante.
o lawa ala e mi tawa ike.
o lawa e mi tan ike.
tenpo ali la sina jo e ma e wawa e pona.
References[change | change source]
- "Toki Pona Lesson 1". Bknight0.myweb.uga.edu. http://bknight0.myweb.uga.edu/toki/lesson/lesson1.html. Retrieved 2009-12-19.