The 48th character of the braille script
Invented by Louis Braille, braille cells were arranged in numerical order and assigned to letters of the French alphabet. Most braille alphabets follow this assignment for the 26 letters of the basic Latin alphabet, or for the equivalents of those letters in a non-Latin script.
The first ten braille letters are ⠁⠃⠉⠙⠑⠋⠛⠓⠊⠚, usually assigned to the Latin letters a–j. The next ten repeat that pattern with the addition of a dot at the lower left, the third ten with two dots on the bottom, and the fourth with a dot on the bottom right. The fifth decade is like the first, but shifted downward. Many languages which use braille letters beyond the basic 26 for simple letters in their script follow an approximation of the English values for the additional letters.
- (English Braille) (after a word) ? (question mark)
- (English Braille) (before a word) “, (German Braille) „ (opening quotation mark)
- (French Braille) ( (opening parenthesis)
Usage (2) [opening quotation mark] is archaic in French Braille.
- (Arabic Braille) ـٌ (-un)
- (Amharic Braille) ኸ (x)
- (Tibetan Braille) superscript ས (sa) (see ⠮)
- (Chinese Braille) The rime ang
- (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) The onset p-
- (Taiwan Braille) The rime yue/-üe
- (Cantonese Braille) The rime ung
- (Thai Braille) tone ๋ (4)
- (Korean Braille) Final ㅌ (t)
- (IPA Braille) Modifies the following letter; equivalent to hook tops, curly or extended tails in print IPA
- (English Braille) his
- Braille eight-dot extensions from ⠦: ⡦ ⢦ ⣦
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