taso

meaning

but, however; only

semantic space · lipamanka

taso doesn't actually change the semantic space of a word it modifies. instead, it trims away the possibility of other things filling the role of that object in a sentence. taso says that only the word it modifies does whatever it does. it's almost the inverse of ala in that instead of canceling out the semantic space of everything before it that it modifies, it cancels out everything else. taso is also used as a conjunction at the beginning of a sentence, meaning something similar to "but" in english.

ku translations

only⁵, but⁵, solely⁵, however⁵, exclusively⁴, although⁴, though⁴, just⁴, exclusive⁴, despite⁴, nonetheless⁴, mere⁴, merely³, except³, yet³, sole³, nevertheless³, whereas³, regardless², exception²

pu verbatim

PARTICLE but, however

ADJECTIVE only

usage

core · 99% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu

origin

Tok Pisin · tasol ‘just, only, but, however’ ← English that’s all

by jan Sonja

commentary

Some proficient speakers use taso as a connector between sentences (X taso Y), similar to "X, but Y," as though taso behaved like la grammatically.

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