13 Facts About Latin script


Latin script, known as Roman script, is an alphabetic writing system based on the letters of the classical Latin alphabet, derived from a form of the Cumaean Greek version of the Greek alphabet used by the Etruscans.

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Latin script is the basis of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the 26 most widespread letters are the letters contained in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

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Latin script is the basis for the largest number of alphabets of any writing system and is themost widely adopted writing system in the world.

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Latin script is used as the standard method of writing for most Western and Central, and some Eastern, European languages as well as many languages in other parts of the world.

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Use of the letters I and V for both consonants and vowels proved inconvenient as the Latin script alphabet was adapted to Germanic and Romance languages.

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Latin script alphabet spread, along with Latin script, from the Italian Peninsula to the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea with the expansion of the Roman Empire.

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Latin script came into use for writing the West Slavic languages and several South Slavic languages, as the people who spoke them adopted Roman Catholicism.

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The Arabic Latin script was widespread within Islam, both among Arabs and non-Arab nations like the Iranians, Indonesians, Malays, and Turkic peoples.

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Latin script letters served as the basis for the forms of the Cherokee syllabary developed by Sequoyah; however, the sound values are completely different.

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Under Portuguese missionary influence, a Latin script alphabet was devised for the Vietnamese language, which had previously used Chinese characters.

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The Latin script-based alphabet replaced the Chinese characters in administration in the 19th century with French rule.

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Plans to switch to Latin script originally began in 1993 but subsequently stalled and Cyrillic remained in widespread use.

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The use of Latin script was originally approved by Crimean Tatar representatives after the Soviet Union's collapse but was never implemented by the regional government.

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