ト゚ (半濁点があるト)

Was just re-reading my favorite manga of all time 風の谷のナウシカ and noticed something i had never noticed before which caught me for a loop. That being the kana ト with a 半濁点. I found a Japanese Wikipedia article on it but it’s a bit technical for me and was hoping that someone could give me a simple layman’s explanation on this and how it would be pronounced.

The article:

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Not sure if this will help but since my Japanese level is too low to read the Japanese one you posted, I found this on an English wiki

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The english wiki basically has the same information.

It’s apparently from ainu or chinese words that have that sound and not in use anymore. It’s not even in the normal Japanese set of characters. No Idea how to say IPA /tu/ but that’s apparently what it’s supposed to sound like. In more modern transcriptions トゥ is used instead

EDIT: worded my sentence a little bit different to make my intention clearer.

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Tú. :eyes:

Just like て and all that but with a u.

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Yeah it’s used for example for トゥールーズ - Wikipedia . So now I have an idea what it sounds like ^^

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The written character itself is not of either Ainu or Chinese origin – it is (according to the .jp wikipedia article) an Edo-period Japanese invention that solves the problem of “how do we represent these foreign-language sounds in kana?”, first used for representing the pronunciation of Chinese words, and later for Ainu.

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Awesome! Thanks for all the responses, everyone. Here’s an image of the page just in case you’re wondering.

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