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Appendix:Latin script

The term Roman script or Roman alphabet is the term used in England for what is known in the United States as the Latin script or Latin alphabet.

Not to be confused with a roman font in typography (which remains uncapitalized), having ordinary upright letterforms, in contrast to more cursive, sloped italic fonts.

LettersEdit

The basic modern Roman alphabet is composed of 26 uppercase letters (ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ) and 26 lowercase versions of the same letters (abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz), resulting in the following pairs:

Varieties of lettersEdit

Two or more letters may be joined in single glyphs, forming ligatures. (ex.: the letters a and e joined together form æ) Finally, diacritics may be added to letters or ligatures. (for example, an acute accent may be added to the letter o, forming ó)

PunctuationEdit

The Latin script includes a variety of punctuation marks.

  • full stop, or period: .
  • exclamation mark: !
  • question mark: ?
  • comma: ,
  • colon: :
  • semicolon: ;
  • space:  
  • slash: /
  • parentheses: (, )
  • brackets: [, ]
  • braces: {, }

Roman numeralsEdit

Main appendix: Roman numerals

In multiple languages, it is possible to use some letters of the Latin script as numbers. These letters are known as Roman numerals.

AlphabetsEdit

Main appendix: Latin script alphabets

There are multiple alphabets in Latin script in various languages.