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by janKipo
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: jan pi toki pona
Topic: mi jan Lane
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: mi jan Lane

‘mokun’ =‘moku’ prob ‘supa lili pi monsi weka’ “stool with an absent butt”? ‘moku seli li lon supa moku’. (prep phrase can’t be subject.) ‘mm en mm LI wile moku’ no ‘e’ with prepositions, so ‘mm li tawa tomo lili poka kepeken open’ (prob ‘lupa’ would be more natural or ‘lupa open’) ‘tenpo ni LA’ (co...
by janKipo
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: jan pi toki pona
Topic: mi jan Lane
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: mi jan Lane

kama pona! A good start, but tp sentences need overt subjects, so I assume ‘MI jan Tosi.’ (no ‘li’ with ‘mi’) ‘la’ phrases only go at the beginning of sentences, so period after ‘Tosi', the 'tenpo ni la mi ...’ or you can shift the ‘la’ phrase in front to a terminal ‘lon’ phrase: ‘mi lon ma.... Tosi...
by janKipo
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word for "Complicated"
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Word for "Complicated"

Alas, more words—beyond a very small limit — mean that you no longer have to, There are a number of conlangs which are grammatically not more than an order of magnitude harder than to and which have plenty of words — and the tools for making as many more as you could want. Esperanto as a good example.
by janKipo
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word for "Complicated"
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Word for "Complicated"

Do you mean that we don’t have a way to describe various kinds of mechanical devices? This is true of any kind of thing generally (animals, say)or plants or rocks or weather) so not peculiar to mechanical things. In short, it is the problem of trying to be precise in toki pona, a problem to which th...
by janKipo
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word for "Complicated"
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Word for "Complicated"

Right, but my response was exactly to your desire to not use ‘ike’ to mean”complex”. If you continue old usage here there is no need for even a phrase let alone a new word.
by janKipo
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word for "Complicated"
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Word for "Complicated"

Yes, but something being simple is not good always either. tp just joins together two semantic fields we hold more or less separate. But in those joined fields ‘pona' occupies the “simple" and “good" areas and ‘ike’ the “bad" and “complex”. If you want to be more careful, you would, i...
by janKipo
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Another way to say colors ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1826

Re: Another way to say colors ?

Yes, but do we need to do this? (I note that no one -- even me -- has complained in three years about translating ‘kule (sama) jaki’ as “flame colored” rather than “shit colored”. and 'kule pi sama..’). To be sure, it is nice to have words for some off-prime colors, like brown and gray (though there...
by janKipo
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Extremely large numbers. 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Replies: 6
Views: 3407

Re: Extremely large numbers. 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Well, of course I like the abacus number system (biquinary) but not the mix with thee additive digits. I would rather have two more digits. (‘si' and ‘po’, say). The binary code for digits is a simplification in some ways but makes for even longer numbers. And dropping the initial ‘ala’ sets the who...
by janKipo
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Is "li ala li" grammatically correct?
Replies: 3
Views: 2634

Re: Is "li ala li" grammatically correct?

Yes
by janKipo
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Questions regarding syntax and punctuation
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: Questions regarding syntax and punctuation

tp textbooks talk little about how sentences derive from other sentences (or earlier stages of sentences). But once you start doing those investigations, you find that rules are easier if you get (almost) all sentence modifiers in as terminal prepositional phrases and then spin ‘lon x’ at the end ou...

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