Latin script

Script type (impure) and Bicameral
Time period
c.700 BCpresent
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Official script in:

132 sovereign states

Co-official script in:

Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Fraser alphabet (Lisu)
Osage script
Latin alphabet
(partially) several phonetic alphabets, such as IPA, which have been used to write languages with no native script
(partially) Pollard script (Miao)
(partially) Caroline Island script (Woleaian)
(indirectly) Cherokee syllabary
(indirectly, partially) Yugtun script
Sister systems
Cyrillic script
Glagolitic script
Armenian alphabet
Georgian script
Coptic alphabet
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Latn, 215 Edit this on Wikidata, ​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.

Latin script, also known as Roman script, is a set of graphic signs (script) based on the letters of the classical Latin alphabet. This is derived from a form of the Cumaean Greek version of[citation needed] the Greek alphabet used by the Etruscans. Several Latin-script alphabets exist, which differ in graphemes, collation and phonetic values from the classical Latin alphabet.

The Latin script is the basis of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the 26 most widespread letters are the letters contained in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

Latin script is the basis for the largest number of alphabets of any writing system[1] and is the most widely adopted writing system in the world (commonly used by about 70 percent of the world's population). Latin script is used as the standard method of writing in most Western, Central, as well as in some Eastern European languages, as well as in many languages in other parts of the world.
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  1. ^ Haarmann 2004, p. 96.

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