Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji 无 in the cursive sōsho style. That's when it was distinguished separately from "mu".
- The actual realization of this phoneme depends on its phonetic context, as follows:
- IPA: [n] before dental and alveolar consonants t, d, ch, j, n, r, s, ts, z
- IPA: [m] before m, p, b
- IPA: [ŋ] before k, g
- IPA: [ɴ] at the end of utterances, before approximants w and y, and before vowels, often causing nasalization of the preceding vowel
ん (Hepburn romanization n)
- The hiragana syllable ん (n), whose equivalent in katakana is ン (n). It is the forty-eighth syllable of the gojūon order.
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- (Hiragana) 平仮名; あぁ, いぃ, うぅゔ, えぇ, おぉ, かゕが, きぎ, くぐ, けゖげ, こご, さざ, しじ, すず, せぜ, そぞ, ただ, ちぢ, つっづ, てで, とど, な, に, ぬ, ね, の, はばぱ, ひびぴ, ふぶぷ, へべぺ, ほぼぽ, ま, み, む, め, も, やゃ, ゆゅ, よょ, ら, り, る, れ, ろ, わゎ, ゐ, ゑ, を, ん, ー, ゝ, ゞ, ゟ