Lithuanian orthography

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Lithuanian orthography employs a Latin alphabet of 301 letters, ten of which denote sounds native to the Lithuanian language. The rest of the letters are native to English, Greek, Latin, and other languages. Additionally, it uses five digraphs.

Alphabet[edit]

The Lithuanian alphabet is composed of 32 letters. The collation order presents one surprise: "Y" is moved to occur between I nosinė (Į) and J.

Majuscule forms (also called uppercase or capital letters)
A Ą B C Č D E Ę Ė F G H I Į Y J K L M N O P R S Š T U Ų Ū V Z Ž
Minuscule forms (also called lowercase or small letters)
a ą b c č d e ę ė f g h i į y j k l m n o p r s š t u ų ū v z ž
Name of Letters
a a nosinė čė e e nosinė ė ef ha i trumpoji i nosinė i ilgoji jot ka el em en o er es u trumpoji u nosinė u ilgoji žė

Acute, grave, and macron/tilde accents can be used to mark stress and vowel length. However, these are generally not written, except in dictionaries and where needed for clarity. In addition, five digraphs are used (Ch Dz Dž Ie Uo), but are treated as sequences of two letters for collation purposes. The "Ch" digraph represents a voiceless velar fricative, while the others are straightforward compositions of their component letters. The letters F and H, as well as the digraph CH, denote sounds only appearing in loanwords.

Sound–spelling correspondences[edit]

Vowels
Grapheme Sound (IPA)
Short Long
a ɐ äː
ą äː
e ɛ () æː
ę æː
ė
i ɪ
į
y
o ɔ
u ʊ
ų
ū

⟨o⟩ is short only in loanwords. ⟨a e⟩ are always short without accent and under accent in endings -a, -e, -es, in comparative, in pronouns and in loanwords, and besides usually long.[1]

Consonants
Grapheme Sound (IPA)
Hard Soft
b b
c t̪͡s̪ t͡sʲ
č t͡ʃ t͡ʃʲ
ch x
d
dz d̪͡z̪ d͡zʲ
d͡ʒ d͡ʒʲ
f f
g ɡ ɡʲ
h ɣ ɣʲ
j j
k k
l ɫ
m m
n
p p
r r
s
š ʃ ʃʲ
t
v v
z
ž ʒ ʒʲ

Consonants are always palatalized before ⟨e ę ė i į y⟩; before ⟨a ą o u ų ū⟩, palatalization is denoted by inserting an ⟨i⟩ between the consonant and the vowel.

Unicode[edit]

The majority of the Lithuanian alphabet is in the Unicode block C0 controls and basic Latin (non-accented symbols), and the rest of the Lithuanian alphabet (ąĄčČęĘėĖįĮšŠųŲūŪžŽ) is in the Latin Extended-A.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wymowa" (in Polish). Lietpol.eu. Retrieved 2014-07-13.