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Esperanto Braille

Esperanto Braille
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Type
alphabet
Languages Esperanto
Parent systems
Braille
  • Esperanto Braille
Print basis
Esperanto alphabet

Esperanto Braille is the braille alphabet of the Esperanto language. One Esperanto Braille magazine, Aŭroro, has been published since 1920, and another, Esperanta Ligilo, since 1904.

Alphabet

The basic braille alphabet is extended for the print letters with diacritics. The circumflex is marked by adding dot 6 (lower right) to the base letter: ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ, ŝ. Therefore the letter ĵ has the same form as the unused French/English Braille letter w; to write a w in a foreign name, dot 3 is added: w [1] (see next section). Esperanto ŭ is made by reflecting u, so that dot 1 becomes dot 4: ŭ. The alphabet is thus as follows.[2]

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a
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b
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c
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ĉ
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d
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e
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f
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g
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ĝ
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h
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ĥ
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i
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j
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ĵ
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k
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l
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m
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n
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o
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p
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r
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s
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ŝ
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t
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u
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ŭ
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v
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z

Contracted braille is in limited use.[3]

Transcribing foreign letters

Beside the basic-Latin foreign letters q, w, x, y, there are dedicated letters for the accented vowels that occur in print Hungarian, ä, ö, ü, ő, ű. Additional accented letters in other languages are handled by separate braille cells for the diacritics. These do not have a one-to-one correspondence with print:

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q
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w
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x
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y
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ä
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ö
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ü
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ő
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ű
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◌́
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◌̀, ◌̄
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◌̃
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◌̂, ◌̌
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◌̈, ◌̇
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◌̊, ◌̆
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◌̧, ◌̨, ◌̣, ◌̩
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◌̸, ◌̵, etc.

These conventions are used for foreign names adapted to Esperanto Braille. Unassimilated text in another braille alphabet is indicated by the code .

Punctuation

Single punctuation
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,
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' (abbr.)
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.
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 ?
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 !
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 ;
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 :
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*
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/
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...
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-
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The apostrophe and abbreviation point are both transcribed , which is distinct from the period/stop, .

Paired punctuation
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(outer quotes)
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(inner quotes)
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( ... )
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[ ... ]

Quotation marks in print Esperanto are highly variable, and tend to follow the conventions of the country a text is published in. This is considered irrelevant for printing in braille.

Numbers

The apostrophe/abbreviation point is used as the digit-separator in numbers. In print Esperanto, the comma is used as the decimal mark, so:

print English 100,000.00
= print Esperanto 100 000,00
= braille .

Formatting

Capitals are only marked for proper names. They are not used at the beginning of a sentence.

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(digit) (caps) (emph.) (alternative emphasis) (foreign braille text)

There are two signs for emphasis, and . It is not clear if they differentiate print italic and bold. A simple in used to mark each of one to three words; for more than that, a colon precedes: , and an additional sign is placed before the last emphasized word.

In contracted (grade 2) braille, a different sign is used for capital letters, (dot 6). As in most braille orthographies, proper names are not contracted, and words preceded by this sign are not contracted in Esperanto Braille.

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ World Braille Usage, UNESCO, 2013
  3. ^ Esperanta stenografio, Nizhny Novgorod, 2003

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