Latin script

The Latin script, also known as Roman script, is an alphabetic writing system based on the letters of the classical Latin alphabet, derived from a form of the Cumaean Greek version of the Greek alphabet used by the Etruscans. Several Latin-script alphabets exist, which differ in graphemes, collation and phonetic values from the classical Latin alphabet.

Latin
Roman
Script type
Time period
c.700 BCpresent
Directionleft-to-right 
Languages

Official script in:

132 sovereign states

Co-official script in:

Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Fraser alphabet (Lisu)
Osage script
Latin alphabet
(partially) several phonetic alphabets, such as IPA, which have been used to write languages with no native script
Deseret alphabet
(partially) Pollard script (Miao)
(partially) Caroline Island script (Woleaian)
(indirectly) Cherokee syllabary
(indirectly, partially) Yugtun script
Sister systems
Cyrillic script
Glagolitic script
Armenian alphabet
Georgian script
Coptic alphabet
Runes
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Latn (215), Latin
Unicode
Unicode alias
Latin
See Latin characters in Unicode
 This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and  , see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.

The Latin script is the basis of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the 26 most widespread letters are the letters contained in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

Latin script is the basis for the largest number of alphabets of any writing system[1] and is the most widely adopted writing system in the world. Latin script is used as the standard method of writing for most Western and Central, and some Eastern, European languages as well as many languages in other parts of the world.


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