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The Marshallese Alphabet

The Marshallese alphabet is a modified Latin alphabet with diacritical marks that designate different phonemes.

The bar that appears on top of some letters, i.e. ‘ā’, ‘ñ’, ‘ō’ and ‘ū’, is called a macron. The macron can be replaced by a tilde over the ‘n’.

Some letters appear with a dot below, i.e. ‘ḷ’, ‘ṃ’, ‘ṇ’, and ‘ọ’. Traditionally, the diacritic used under letters was the cedilla. However Marshall Islands regulations allows for a dot or a comma to be used.

A Ā B D E I J K L Ḷ M Ṃ N Ṇ Ñ O Ō Ọ P R T U Ū W

a ā b d e i j k l ḷ m ṃ n ṇ ñ o ō ọ ṇ p r t u ū w

The letters are included here to make it easy to copy and paste.

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