Character  ョ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YO
Codepoint U+30E7

JapaneseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Small form of the katakana character (yo).

Combining formEdit

  1. Small combining form of katakana (yo) used in 拗音 (yōon) morae that end in o, such as ショ (sho), チョ (cho), and キョ (kyo). Historically not distinguished from full-size version.

Usage notesEdit

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also written in katakana rather than the other systems.[edit]

Related termsEdit

  • (small ya)
  • (small yu)
  • (hiragana small yo)
  • (full-size yo)

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 23 July 2013, at 20:58