The letter Ʊ (minuscule: ʊ), called Latin upsilon, is a letter of the Latin alphabet. While its form superficially resembles an upside-down capital Greek letter omega (Ω), it is derived from the Greek lowercase upsilon (υ).[1]

Shapes of Latin upsilon as drawn in the African reference alphabet, clearly based on a modern shape of the Greek letter upsilon, but with an uppercase ambiguously similar to an uppercase U with serif.

Its lowercase is used in the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe a near-close near-back rounded vowel.

It is used in some alphabets of African languages, such as Anii[2] and Tem.

U+1DB7 MODIFIER LETTER SMALL UPSILON and U+1D7F ᵿ LATIN SMALL LETTER UPSILON WITH STROKE are used in phonetic transcription.[3]

Use on computersEdit

The majuscule and the minuscule are located at U+01B1 and U+028A in Unicode, respectively.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pullum, Geoffrey K.; Ladusaw, William A. (1996). Phonetic Symbol Guide (Second ed.). University of Chicago Press. p. 185. ISBN 0-226-68536-5.
  2. ^ Alphabet des langues nationales béninoises. Ministère de l’Alphabétisation et de la Promotion des langues nationales, Centre national de linguistique appliquée, Benin. 2008. OL 25931062M.
  3. ^ Constable, Peter (2004-04-19). "L2/04-132 Proposal to add additional phonetic characters to the UCS" (PDF).