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The letter A.

Latin alpha (Majuscule: , Minuscule: ɑ) or script a, is a letter of the Latin alphabet, based on one lowercase form of a, or on the Greek lowercase alpha (α). Although normally the letter a admits variation, it must be carefully distinguished from ɑ where both are used.

In the International Phonetic Alphabet, ɑ represents an open back unrounded vowel, while a represents an open front unrounded vowel.

, ɑ is a letter in the alphabet of the Fe'fe' language. Its uppercase form is simply an enlarged version of the lowercase.


The minuscule form was present in Unicode 1.0, as U+0251 LATIN SMALL LETTER SCRIPT A. In version 1.1.5, its name was changed to LATIN SMALL LETTER ALPHA. The majuscule form is present in Unicode 5.1 as U+2C6D.

See also

  • Turned a discusses the turned Latin alpha


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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The Latin script
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Variations of letter A


upper case (lower case ɑ)

  1. The letter Latin alpha, based on A or on the Greek α.

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