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Japanese Katakana WI.png
U+30F0, ヰ
KATAKANA LETTER WI

[U+30EF]
Katakana
[U+30F1]
U+32FC, ㋼
CIRCLED KATAKANA WI

[U+32FB]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32FD]

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EtymologyEdit

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji .

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(romaji wi, alternative romaji i)

  1. (obsolete) The katakana syllable (wi). Its equivalent in hiragana is (wi). It is the forty-fifth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (wa-gyō i-dan, row wa, section i).

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 onomatopoeias, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. It is also occasionally used colloquially in some words for emphasis. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. Formerly, female given names were written in katakana. [edit]

See alsoEdit