Glyph of the word 'eili'.


  • (n.) sun
  • (adj.) sunny
  • (v.) to be sunny
  • (adj.) bright
  • (v.) to be bright

A eili kiko!
“It’s sunny today!”

Notes: The nature of this iku should be pretty obvious. The phonological sequence eili seems to pop up all over the place, whether or not the word is related to this one. It shall cross our paths again, I declare.

Actually, this is as good a time as any to really discuss the line or identity determinative used in this word. The horizontal stroke beneath the character indicates that the meaning of the word is related to what the glyph looks like. It’s used, basically, to distinguish a pictographic or ideographic glyph from a phonological glyph (often glyphs are used pictographically and phonologically). In addition to this function, though, the identity determinative is used when the sense of the word is closely related to the iku, even if it’s not commonly used phonologically. Finally, it’s used sometimes just to distinguish meanings (kind of like the acute accent in Spanish, where tu and are pronounced the same, but have different grammatical functions).

So, in the future when you see that little horizontal line below a glyph, that’s going on.

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