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Maltese Braille

Maltese Braille
Type
Alphabet
Languages Maltese
Parent systems
Braille
Print basis
Maltese alphabet

Maltese Braille is the braille alphabet of the Maltese language. It was in the news in 2005 with the publication of the first braille Bible in Maltese.[1]

Chart

The alphabet is as follows. (See Maltese alphabet.) Ż has the form of international y.[2]

⠀ (braille pattern blank)
 
⠁ (braille pattern dots-1)
a
⠃ (braille pattern dots-12)
b
⠉ (braille pattern dots-14)
ċ
⠙ (braille pattern dots-145)
d
⠑ (braille pattern dots-15)
e
⠋ (braille pattern dots-124)
f
⠾ (braille pattern dots-23456)
ġ
⠛ (braille pattern dots-1245)
g
⠣ (braille pattern dots-126)
⠓ (braille pattern dots-125)
h
⠮ (braille pattern dots-2346)
ħ
⠊ (braille pattern dots-24)
i
⠚ (braille pattern dots-245)
j
⠅ (braille pattern dots-13)
k
⠇ (braille pattern dots-123)
l
⠍ (braille pattern dots-134)
m
⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345)
n
⠕ (braille pattern dots-135)
o
⠏ (braille pattern dots-1234)
p
⠟ (braille pattern dots-12345)
q
⠗ (braille pattern dots-1235)
r
⠎ (braille pattern dots-234)
s
⠞ (braille pattern dots-2345)
t
⠥ (braille pattern dots-136)
u
⠧ (braille pattern dots-1236)
v
⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456)
w
⠭ (braille pattern dots-1346)
x
⠵ (braille pattern dots-1356)
z
⠽ (braille pattern dots-13456)
ż

UNESCO (2013) shows very different, and supposedly confirmed, letter assignments:[3]

ċ, ġ, ħ, j, x, ż [sic], z.

This appears to be an old proposal that was never implemented, one which followed the sounds of the letters of the print alphabet rather than the letters themselves.

References

  1. ^ Braille Bible in Maltese: 'a dream come true', Times of Malta, 2005 Nov 6
  2. ^ Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Diżabilità (KNPD)
  3. ^ UNESCO (2013) World Braille Usage, 3rd edition.
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