Re: Origins of ẘ

From: Philippe Verdy <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 17:14:12 +0200

> On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM, Denis Jacquerye <> wrote:
>> How about Ḝ U+1E1C, ḝ U+1E1D, Ṏ U+1E4E, ṏ U+1E4F, Ṥ U+1E64, ṥ U+1E65,
>> Ṧ U+1E66, ṧ U+1E67 ? Which transliteration systems are they from?
> Ḁ U+1E00 and ḁ U+1E01 are also a mystery.

Aren't they for minority languages in North or Central Africa ? Those
dots below letters are frequent there, but may have just been used for
languages that initially did not develop a stable orthography, or not
very well represented by the alternate Arabic script which does not
mark vowels or stress very explicitly.

The dot below is also used in Vietnamese phonology, to note the nặng
(low, glottal) tone. E.g. is decribed here (the examples are show with
tone diacritics added to the vowel â :

More letters are here: (diacritic)#Underdot
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