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C
ISO basic Laitin alphabet
AaBbCcDdEeFfGg
HhIiJjKkLlMmNn
OoPpQqRrSsTtUu
VvWwXxYyZz
D'Nealian Cursive.svg
Circle sheer blue 27.gif
Circle sheer blue 27.gif
Cursive script 'c' and capital 'C' in the U.S. D'Nealian script style

C (named cee /ˈs/[1]) is the third letter o the ISO basic Laitin alphabet.

History

"C" an "G" come fae the same letter, baith thocht tae descend fae the Proto-Semitic gimel, wilk itsel mey be fae an Egyptian hieroglyph shawin a staff sling, awtho anither argiment is that it comes fae a hieroglyph shawin a camel[2]. Gimel wis adoptit intae Phoenician as gimel an aw tae shaw the same soond, an fae there intae Greek.

The Etruscan leid didnae contrast voicin wi plosive consonants, sae whan gamma wis taen intae the leid it wis uised tae shaw the soond /k/. At the hinder end it wis makkit intae C and uised in Laitin along wi K an Q an aw for tae shaw the soonds /k/ an /g/, whilk in writin warna differentiatit. In the 3rd yearhunder BC a changit chairacter wis introducit tae shaw the soond /g/, whilk becam G.

Anither letter whilk is leukin like the Laitin C is the Es (С, с) in Cyrillic. Hooiver, this descends fae the Greek lunate sigma.

Proto-Semitic
Gimel
Phoenician 
gimel
Greek
gamma
Etruscan
C
Roman
C
     

Computin codes

CharacterCc
Unicode nameLAITIN CAIPITAL LETTER CLAITIN SMAW LETTER C
Encodinsdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode67U+004399U+0063
UTF-867439963
Numeric chairacter referenceCCcc
EBCDIC family195 0C3131 083
ASCII 167 04399 063
    1 For encodins based on ASCII, including the DOS, Windows, ISO-8859 an Macintosh families o encodins forby.

Ither representations

References

  1. "C" Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (1989); Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (1993); "cee", op. cit.
  2. Powell, Barry B. (27 Mairch 2009). Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization. Wiley Blackwell. p. 182. ISBN 978-1405162562.

Freemit airtins


The ISO basic Laitin alphabet
AaBbCcDdEeFfGgHhIiJjKkLlMmNnOoPpQqRrSsTtUuVvWwXxYyZz
Letter C with diacritics
ĆćĈĉČčĊċÇçḈḉȻȼƇƈɕ
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