- Polish alphabet
The Polish alphabet is the script of the
Polish language. It is based on the Latin alphabetbut uses diacritics such as the "kreska", which is graphically similar to an acute accent("ć", "ń", "ó", "ś", "ź"), the dot above ("ż"), the ogonek("ą", "ę"), and the stroke ("ł"). The standard 8-bit character encoding for the Polish alphabet is ISO 8859-2 (Latin-2), although both ISO 8859-13 (Latin-7) and ISO 8859-16 (Latin-10) encodings include glyphs of the Polish alphabet. Microsoft's format for encoding the Polish alphabet is Windows-1250.
There are 32 letters in the Polish alphabet, including 9
vowels and 23 consonants.
The letters "q", "v" and "x" do not belong to the Polish alphabet, but are used in some foreign words and commercial names. In
loanwords they are often replaced by "kw", "w" and "ks", respectively (as in "kwarc" "quartz", "weranda" "veranda", "ksenofobia" "xenophobia").
Some letters of the Polish alphabet not present in the
English alphabetcan be shown using the following HTMLcodes:
IPA chart for Polish
Polish alphabet for Silesian
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