Ring Above

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The ring above diacritic originates from two letters, Åå and Ůů. Åå evolved from an earlier digraph, Aa aa, which eventually turned into Åå in Scandinavia.[1] Ůů comes from a digraph Uo uo in Czech.[2]

Ring Above in Unicode

Characters with Ring Above
˚ ◌̊ Å å Ǻ ǻ Ů ů
U+02DA U+030A U+00C5 U+00E5 U+01FA U+01FB U+016E U+016F U+1E98 U+1E99
Ring Above Combining Ring Above Latin Capital Letter A With Ring Above Latin Small Letter A With Ring Above Latin Capital Letter A With Ring Above And Acute Latin Small Letter A With Ring Above And Acute Latin Capital Letter U With Ring Above Latin Small Letter U With Ring Above Latin Small Letter W With Ring Above Latin Small Letter Y With Ring Above
Note: May be confused with the Degree Sign, ° (U+00B0); Masculine Ordinal Indicator, º (U+00BA); Katakana-Hiragana Semi-Voiced Sound Mark, ゜ (U+309C); or Combining Katakana-Hiragana Semi-Voiced Sound Mark, ◌゚ (U+309A). Note: May be confused with the Ångström Sign, Å (U+212B).

Ring Above in Natlangs

Uses of Ring Above
Use Language Letters Notes
Back version of front vowel. Often also rounded. Chamorro Åå /ɑ/
Danish, Norwegian Åå /ɔ/ From an earlier digraph Aa aa representing /ɔ/, which in turn came from /aː/.[1]
Swedish Åå /o/ From an earlier digraph Aa aa representing /ɔ/, which in turn came from /aː/.[1]
Long vowel Czech Ůů /uː/ This comes from a diphthong /uo/, where the /o/ was sometimes written as a ring above the Uu. A sound change then turned /uo/ into /uː/.[3]

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Å at Wikipedia.
  2. Ring (diacritic), Ring above at Wikipedia.
  3. Czech orthography, Letter Ů at Wikipedia.