Latin character notes

Updated 13 July, 2018 • tags bengali, scriptnotes

This page lists characters in the following Unicode block and provides information about them.

This is not authoritative, peer-reviewed information – these are just notes I have gathered and copied from various places.

We have usage data for 243 languages that use the Latin script. Because of the size of the Latin repertoire, this page only shows characters for which notes exist.

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Punctuation

'

U+0027 APOSTROPHE

Lisu nasalisation mark.

Placed after a vowel to make it nasalised, eg. ꓳ'33 ʔõ goose.

-

U+002D HYPHEN-MINUS

Lisu punctuation

Used to bind together syllables in a name, eg. ꓡꓲ-ꓢꓴ lisu (Lisu).

_

U+005F LOW LINE

Lisu vowel, a glide.

Pronounced ɑ and usually bearing a 31 pitch. Written after a verbal form to mark various aspects, eg. ꓠꓴ ꓙꓰꓻ_ ꓥꓳꓻ nu33ʤe33ɑ44ŋo33 (you will go) and ꓖꓳꓻ ꓡꓱꓻ ꓥ_ ꓟꓲꓻ go3333ŋɑ44ɑ31mi33 (but).

¡

U+00A1 INVERTED EXCLAMATION MARK

Spanish, Asturian, Galician punctuation

Used to signal the start of a sentence or phrase that is an exclamation. The end of the exclamation is signalled by ASCII U+0021 EXCLAMATION MARK !, eg. "No sabe nadar, ¡pero sí que sabe correr!" He doesn't know how to swim, but he certainly knows how to run!

Refs: [1] [elreq] §2.3.1

Amharic punctuation, timirte slaq ትእምርተ፡ሥላቅ

Used at the end of a sentence to indicate sarcasm.

Refs: [1] [elreq] §2.3.1

«

U+00AB LEFT-POINTING DOUBLE ANGLE QUOTATION MARK

Used for quotations in Armenian, etc.

»

U+00BB RIGHT-POINTING DOUBLE ANGLE QUOTATION MARK

Used for quotations in Armenian, etc.

Reference expansions

  1. [Daniels] Peter T. Daniels and William Bright, The World's Writing Systems, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-507993-0
  2. [elreq] Daniel Yacob, Ethiopic Layout Requirements
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