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U+30F3, ン
KATAKANA LETTER N

[U+30F2]
Katakana
[U+30F4]
U+FF9D, ン
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER N

[U+FF9C]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF9E]

Japanese

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Etymology

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

Pronunciation

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  • The realization of this phoneme depends on its phonetic context, as follows:
  • When speakers wish to convey the consonant very clearly, for example in classical singing or when spelling things out to someone who can't hear the speaker well, [m] may be used in place of [ɴ], and potentially even in all other positions.

Syllable

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(n

  1. The katakana syllable (n). Its equivalent in hiragana is (n). It is the forty-eighth syllable in the gojūon order.

Usage notes

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The katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of gairaigo (loan words), as well as to represent onomatopoeias, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. It is also occasionally used in some words for emphasis, or to ease reading; katakana may be preferred for words becoming buried in the text if they are written under their canonical form in hiragana. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words such as colloquial terms, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. Formerly, female given names were often written in katakana. [edit]

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