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TUNDRIAN LANGUAGE / LINGUA TUNDRIANA

THE TUNDRIAN ALPHABET






Generalities

Tundrian, like other Romance languages, uses the Latin alphabet. In addition to the basic 26 letters it uses three kinds of accents placed above vowels: the acute (as in é), the circumflex (as in ê) and the trema (as in ë). As well, it uses the subscript cedilla placed below the consonant c: ç.

The full list of letters with diacritics is as follows:

á â ç é ê ë í î ï ó ô ú û ü ý

Accents and the cedilla are preserved with capitals: Âfrica, Çûncia.

Rarely used letters

Of the 26 basic letters, k and w are only used in recently adopted words and names of foreign origin, e.g. kantismo 'the philosophy of Kant' and wagón 'wagon, carriage'. The most common use of the letter k is in the measurement prefix kilo-, meaning 'a thousand'.

Order of the letters

The order of the alphabet is as in English:

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Accents and the cedilla are not taken into consideration during the alphabetic ordering of letters: e.g. the correct order is: accêr, ân, apilha.

Digraphs (e.g. <ei> or <nh>) do not have their own place in the alphabetic order either. Thus <-ei-> comes between  <-eh-> and <-ej->, and <-nh-> comes between <-ng-> and <-ni->

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