Unicode [was Re: Cult-like behaviour]

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Mon Jul 16 13:10:48 EDT 2018

On Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:22:59 +1000, Chris Angelico wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 2:05 AM, Mark Lawrence <breamoreboy at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Out of curiosity where does my mum's Welsh come into the equation as I
>> believe that it is not recognised by the EU as a language?
> What characters does it use? Mostly Latin letters? 

Yes, Welsh uses the Latin script. It has an alphabet of 29 letters 
(including 8 digraphs), plus four diacritics used on some vowels:

    circumflex   e.g. â

    acute accent e.g. é

    diaeresis    e.g. ï

    grave accent e.g. ẁ

Yes, w is a vowel in Welsh -- and very occasionally in English as well.


Accented vowels are not considered separate letters.


Some older sources will exclude J (making 28 letters). Patagonian Welsh 
also includes the letter "V", although that's non-standard.

Steven D'Aprano
"Ever since I learned about confirmation bias, I've been seeing
it everywhere." -- Jon Ronson

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