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Is it just a coincidence that English is the only major language that used all these letters and no more in its orthography? Is it a coincidence? No. But that's not the right test, because there are other letters that are not core to the orthographies of all major languages. (k, y, x and q, for example). A more consistent test then would be if the letter ...


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Despite its name, the ISO Basic Latin Alphabet isn't particularly concerned with representing Latin. It was developed in the modern day, so the fact that I~J and U~V weren't consistently distinguished until the 18th century isn't relevant—they're consistently distinguished now. But the observation that the ISO Basic Latin Alphabet aligns exactly with what's ...


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