28th letter of the alphabet
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For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. The same letters constitute the ISO basic Latin alphabet. The English language was first written in the Anglo-Saxon futhorc runic alphabet, in use from the 5th century. This alphabet was brought to what is now England, along with the proto-form of the language itself, by Anglo-Saxon settlers. The Latin script, introduced by Christian missionaries, began to replace the Anglo-Saxon futhorc from about the 7th century, although the two continued in parallel for some time. Norman scribes from the insular g in Old English and Irish, and used alongside their Carolingian g.
In the year 1011, a monk named Byrhtferð recorded the traditional order of the Old English alphabet. English, and was used in non-final position up to the early 19th century. Outside of professional papers on specific subjects that traditionally use ligatures in loanwords, ligatures are seldom used in modern English. These are not independent letters, but rather allographs. Diacritic marks mainly appear in loanwords such as naïve and façade. As such words become naturalised in English, there is a tendency to drop the diacritics, as has happened with old borrowings such as hôtel, from French. Informal English writing tends to omit diacritics because of their absence from the keyboard, while professional copywriters and typesetters tend to include them.