The Tick (shanrina) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Czech and Slovak alphabets?

I've been reading The World's Major Languages edited by Bernard Comrie, and I came across a sentence in the "Czech and Slovak" chapter that's...well, that pretty much assumes that I already know something about Czech and Slovak, which I don't. The sentence is:

"The letters q, w, and x are confined to loanwords, although for perhaps obvious reasons only x is particularly common."

These reasons are definitely not obvious to someone who's got no experience with languages from that part of the world, so I just have to ask: what are those reasons?
Tags: czech, slovak
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