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by janKipo
Wed May 02, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker
Replies: 26
Views: 2499

Re: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker

Good to know, though fairly obvious. The comma chat is just a sad mistake all around.
by janKipo
Wed May 02, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: ala
Replies: 4
Views: 546

Re: ala

Well, if ‘jan ali li kama ala’ means “Nobody came’, then ‘jan ala li kama’ means “Some non-human came’ (and the cycle goes on...) ‘jan pi ali ala’ is used as needed and is quite unintelligible within the prsent framework (or the alternate one, for that matter). The stress technque, with ‘a’ or ‘kin’...
by janKipo
Wed May 02, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: ala
Replies: 4
Views: 546

Re: ala

‘jan ali li kama ala kama?’. ‘kama’ and ‘(kama) ala’ are the only answers listed in pu. Obviously, you can answer in other ways (though pu might insist that that requires ‘jan ali li kama anu seme?’) What pu certainly doesn’t say is that you can answer “Neither” (‘ala tu’, say) or, for that matter, ...
by janKipo
Wed May 02, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Quick questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1059

Re: Quick questions

poka la kama pona taw toki pona. o awen sitelen. o kama lon lipu pi Facebook toki pona en Facebook Learn toki pona. ona li jo e jan pi mute mute lipu ni. I’m not sure I would use ‘moku wawa’ for “eating to show strength”. It is more eating in a way that shows strength. “Eating to do something” is ‘m...
by janKipo
Wed May 02, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Quick questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1059

Re: Quick questions

So, to start with ‘kin’. This doesn’t modify the word before in the same way that, say, ‘mute’ or ‘wawa’ does, but merely is the equivalent of saying the word more forcefully. What that means practically varies with cases. The most common choices are 1. to contrast or add to something said before, a...
by janKipo
Wed May 02, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: ala
Replies: 4
Views: 546

ala

‘ala’ plays at least five separate, but interrelated, roles in toki pona, all somehow called negation and, in true toki pona fashion, none clearly distinguished from the others in the vocabulary or the grammar (and often in the context even). This gives rise to several problems which require solutio...
by janKipo
Wed May 02, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker
Replies: 26
Views: 2499

Re: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker

Trick challenge. Any sample you offer (there is no explicit rule) can be immediately reinterpreted as a noun+ noun or noun+ adj string (cf. the pu/Pije ‘pi’ rule), so not a counterexample, despite “obviously” being a prepositional phrase. Thus ‘tan ni la’, ordinarily meaning “because of this, theref...
by janKipo
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker
Replies: 26
Views: 2499

Re: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker

Well, pu is a little inconsistent on 'A,la B’ since, in fact, it gives the formula as ‘A la B’, but uses a comma in all examples. This seems to be just Sonja’s habit and not an “official” position, since the comma is never necessary for clarity (or ever mentioned).
by janKipo
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker
Replies: 26
Views: 2499

Re: Use "seme la" as a yes/no question marker

Also, ‘ken la’, 'nanpa wan la’ ‘kin la’, tan ni la’, etc.

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