Category Archives: toki pona

Conceits and Lies

Compound Words So English has “goodbye” which most people would say is one word. But it used to be “god be with you” and somewhere in between then and now and phrase turned into a single word. Professional linguists use … Continue reading

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Draft for tp++ as toki pona superset for a toki pona cross compiler

Please read the article on what a cross compiler is in the context of conlangs before reading this. The recommended way to use this, should I (or someone!) complete it and write a compiler is that certain advanced toki pona … Continue reading

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What is an erasing cross-compiler? Is it conlang related?

Imagine you had a script that took every English sentence and replaced “ain’t” with “isn’t”. That would be a one rule cross compiler. I think this idea is very powerful and applicable to evolving a conlang without actually teaching people … Continue reading

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Enumerating all sentences

So I had an idea based on a few other ideas. What sort of mantra is worth reciting? The number pi has nonrepeating digits. If you looked long enough, then eventually you wound find the digits that encode your name … Continue reading

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C++ for Conlanging

I just wrote a C# parser for toki pona. It was an ad hoc grammar, meaning I didn’t write a PEG or YACC or other formal description of the grammar and then process it into a parser. (I didn’t use … Continue reading

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Valency in Lojban and toki pona

Verbs have valency, which is how many “arguments” they have. For example intransitive means no arguments (or only one, the subject), transitive, means one (or two, subject and object). So a typical lojban verb (gismu) works like this: cliva x1 … Continue reading

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Paragraphs and machine assisted conlang work

When you are teaching a machine to do something with a language, you get a surprising set of challenges that are not mentioned much in your traditional reference grammar. On the internet, people post texts and line breaks are unreliable … Continue reading

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Inferences from toki pona utterances

So I’m noodling again the idea of knowledge representation with toki pona. If I say: jan li laso. And then ask: seme li laso? Then it should be easy enough to look up jan. (That is to bind seme to … Continue reading

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Math and logic subsystems in languages

So I can open a novel, and as part of being a human raised in an English speaking community, I pretty much understand everything. I can open a textbook on Calculus on Logic and while I can read the whole … Continue reading

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Observations While Editing Toki Pona

1) People create incorrect proper modifiers constantly. 2) People give up trying to use proper modifiers and just use their native language for all proper modifiers. 3) li get dropped for 3rd person subjects. 4) People essentially invent new constructions … Continue reading

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Abusing the word morphology as a pragmatic matter

So I have a syntax that relies on sentence templates like this: [subject] li [verb phrase] li [verb phrase] [Prep Phrase] [Prep Phrase]. Phrase are made of words and phrases have their slots. Then come along negation, emphasis, and uncertainty … Continue reading

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toki pona minutia

These are all unsettled, controversial ideas in toki pona. 1) kule lon palisa li pona tawa mi. 2) kule pi lon palisa li pona tawa mi. Prepositional phrases as modifiers. These are most obvious when they appear in the subject. … Continue reading

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Corpus linguistics and little sins

Soooo, this toki pona project of mine. I’m parsing community generated texts. I’ve got incompatible goal. On one hand, I want a parser that will work. So if you type English, it should blow up. But if you type toki … Continue reading

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Puctuating toki pona- Community Proposal

toki pona has a few constraints, without which the game of toki pona is rendered silly. Foremost is that there are only about 125 or so morphemes (fairly non-bound). This isn’t as much of a problem and I think tp … Continue reading

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Fake Mantras and Fake Languages

In Hinduism, there was the idea that words said in a prestige language were magic. People at has some pre-Sassurian ideas about sound and meaning, namely that there was something doggy about the sounds d-o-g and something catty about c-a-t. … Continue reading

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