S with swash tail

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(lowercase: ȿ) is a Latin letter s with a "swash tail" (encoded by Unicode, at codepoints U+2C7E for uppercase and U+023F for lowercase) that was used as a phonetic symbol by linguists studying African languages to represent the sound [].[1][2]

In 1931, it was adopted into the orthography of Shona for a 'whistled' s, but it was dropped in 1955 due to the lack of the character on typewriters and fonts. Today the digraph sv is used.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Proposal to add two Africanist phonetic characters to the UCS, Michael Everson & Peter Constable, June 12, 2004.
  2. ^ Proposal to encode two phonetic characters and two Shona characters, Lorna A. Priest, October 2, 2007.

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