Ka with descender
From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Template:Unreferenced Template:Cyrillic alphabet navbox Ka with descender (Қ қ; italics: Қ қ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script used in a number of non-Slavic languages spoken on the territory of the former Soviet Union, including:
- the Turkic languages Kazakh, Uighur, Uzbek and several smaller languages (Karakalpak, Shor and Tofa), where it represents the voiceless uvular plosive Template:IPA.
- Iranian languages such as Tajik and Ossetic (before 1924; now superseded by the digraph Template:Angbr). Since Template:IPA is represented by the letter ق qāf in the Arabic alphabet, Қ is sometimes referred to as "Cyrillic Qaf".
- Eastern varieties of the Khanty language, where it also represents Template:IPA.
- the Abkhaz language where it represents the voiceless velar plosive Template:IPA. (The Cyrillic letter Ka (К к) is used to represent Template:IPA.) It was introduced in 1905 for the spelling of Abkhaz. From 1928 to 1938, Abkhaz was spelled with the Latin alphabet, and the corresponding letter was the Latin letter K with descender (Ⱪ ⱪ).
Other Cyrillic letters used to write the sound Template:IPA:
- Ӄ ӄ : Cyrillic letter Ka with hook
- Ҡ ҡ : Cyrillic letter Bashkir Qa
- Ԛ ԛ : Cyrillic letter Qa
- Ԟ ԟ : Cyrillic letter Aleut Ka
- Cyrillic characters in UnicodeTemplate:Cyrillic-alphabet-stub