|c. 700 BC – present|
|Official script||131 sovereign states; co-official in 12 sovereign states and one supranational organization (see lists at § Usage below)|
Numerous Latin alphabets; also more divergent derivations such as Osage
|ISO 15924||Latn (215), Latin|
|See Latin characters in Unicode|
The Latin alphabet, also known as the Roman alphabet, is the collection of letters originally used by the ancient Romans to write the Latin language. Largely unaltered with the exception of extensions (such as diacritics), it forms the Latin script that is used to write English and other modern European languages. With modifications, it is also used for other alphabets, such as the Vietnamese alphabet. Its modern repertoire is standardised as the ISO basic Latin alphabet.
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