Latin alphabet

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Script type
Time period
c.700 BCpresent
Official script131 sovereign states; co-official in 12 sovereign states and one supranational organization (see lists at § Usage below)
Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Numerous Latin alphabets; also more divergent derivations such as Osage
Sister systems
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Latn (215), ​Latin
Unicode alias
See Latin characters in Unicode
 This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and  , see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.

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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