Ge'ez Braille

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Ge'ez Braille
Script type
Print basis
Ge'ez alphabet
LanguagesAmharic, Tigrinya, Tigre, Harari, other Ethiosemetic languages
Related scripts
Parent systems

Ge'ez Braille is the braille alphabet for all Ethiopic languages. Letter values are mostly in line with international usage.


Ge'ez Braille is a consonant–vowel alphabet, not an abugida like the print Ge'ez script. However, because the alphabetic chart (right) is organized by syllable rather than by letter, the vowels, which do not occur alone, are given first in the chart below, then the consonants are listed in Ge'ez order.

The syllabic chart at right shows a blank cell being used for the vowel ⟨ə⟩. This is perhaps an artefact of the presentation; UNESCO (2013) shows it as a zero vowel that is simply not written.[1]

⠢ (braille pattern dots-26)
⠥ (braille pattern dots-136)
⠊ (braille pattern dots-24)
⠁ (braille pattern dots-1)
⠑ (braille pattern dots-15)
⠕ (braille pattern dots-135)
⠭ (braille pattern dots-1346)
⠓ (braille pattern dots-125)
h ሀ
⠇ (braille pattern dots-123)
l ለ
⠣ (braille pattern dots-126)
ḥ ሐ
⠍ (braille pattern dots-134)
m መ
⠎ (braille pattern dots-234)
ś ሠ
⠗ (braille pattern dots-1235)
r ረ
⠹ (braille pattern dots-1456)
s ሰ
⠩ (braille pattern dots-146)
š ሸ
⠟ (braille pattern dots-12345)
ḳ ቀ
⠃ (braille pattern dots-12)
b በ
⠞ (braille pattern dots-2345)
t ተ
⠡ (braille pattern dots-16)
č ቸ
⠱ (braille pattern dots-156)
ḫ ኀ
⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345)
n ነ
⠬ (braille pattern dots-346)
ñ ኘ
⠷ (braille pattern dots-12356)
ʾ አ
⠅ (braille pattern dots-13)
k ከ
⠦ (braille pattern dots-236)
x ኸ
⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456)
w ወ
⠳ (braille pattern dots-1256)
ʿ ዐ
⠵ (braille pattern dots-1356)
z ዘ
⠴ (braille pattern dots-356)
ž ዠ
⠽ (braille pattern dots-13456)
y የ
⠙ (braille pattern dots-145)
d ደ
⠚ (braille pattern dots-245)
ǧ ጀ
⠛ (braille pattern dots-1245)
g ገ
⠾ (braille pattern dots-23456)
ṭ ጠ
⠉ (braille pattern dots-14)
č̣ ጨ
⠖ (braille pattern dots-235)
p̣ ጰ
⠮ (braille pattern dots-2346)
ṣ ጸ
⠯ (braille pattern dots-12346)
ṣ́ ፀ
⠋ (braille pattern dots-124)
f ፈ
⠏ (braille pattern dots-1234)
p ፐ
⠧ (braille pattern dots-1236)
v ቨ

⟨ə⟩ is not the default vowel in print Amharic, which is instead ⟨ä⟩ (braille ). For example, el + vowel is written ለ , ሉ lu, ሊ li, ላ la, ሌ le, ል , ሎ lo, ሏ lwa.

CwV and CyV other than Cwa are written with medial w and y: ገ , ጉ gu, ጊ gi, ጋ ga, ጌ ge, ግ , ጎ go, ጐ gwä, ጒ gwi, ጓ gwa, ጔ gwe, ጕ gwə. Note that Cwə is written as if it were Cwu, a sequence which does not occur in Ethiopic languages.


Ethiopic digits do not follow the international pattern. They are also circumfixed with ... :

1 10
2 20
3 30
4 40
5 50
6 60
7 70
8 80
9 90
10 100

The form of 100 suggests that the prefix may occur before each digit, while the suffix occurs only at the end of the number.

Western numbers are marked with as in other braille alphabets.


Native punctuation is as follows:

Braille ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3)⠠ (braille pattern dots-6) ⠲ (braille pattern dots-256) ⠂ (braille pattern dots-2) ⠆ (braille pattern dots-23) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠦ (braille pattern dots-236) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5)

The last is a 'tonal mark'.

There is also Western punctuation:

Print ? ! ... - / *
Braille ⠦ (braille pattern dots-236) ⠖ (braille pattern dots-235) ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3)⠄ (braille pattern dots-3)⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠤ (braille pattern dots-36)⠤ (braille pattern dots-36) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5)⠂ (braille pattern dots-2) ⠔ (braille pattern dots-35)⠔ (braille pattern dots-35)
Print « ... » ‹ ... › ( ... ) [ ... ]
Braille ⠦ (braille pattern dots-236)...⠴ (braille pattern dots-356) ⠠ (braille pattern dots-6)⠦ (braille pattern dots-236)...⠴ (braille pattern dots-356)⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠶ (braille pattern dots-2356)...⠶ (braille pattern dots-2356) ⠠ (braille pattern dots-6)⠶ (braille pattern dots-2356)...⠶ (braille pattern dots-2356)⠄ (braille pattern dots-3)


  1. ^ Unesco (2013), World Braille Usage, 3rd ed.