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weird hiragana? weird hiragana?

Came across these while reading a novel.

How do you read this?

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    I'm not sure about the あ, but the latter is definitely ゔ, pronounced 'vu' for imported words. It usually is in katakana though. Here is a little bit more information. – Blavius Apr 11 '15 at 21:40
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    Outside of ゔ (which is /vu/), they seem to be associated with screaming and yelling and such things. but I'm not sure enough of the specifics. – Sjiveru Apr 11 '15 at 22:12
  • Can you give more context? – snailcar Apr 12 '15 at 1:28
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The letter あ゛doesn't exist indeed in Japanese. But あ゛is rarely used in manga to emphasize the letter あ. The letter ゔ exists. But it is normally written in katakana.

Pronunciation: ゔぁ => va ゔぃ => vi ゔ => v or vu ゔぇ => ve ゔぉ => vo

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    The "v" sound does not even exist in our language. How do you expect us to produce it? – l'électeur Apr 12 '15 at 0:58
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    Because that's technically how it's supposed to be pronounced. Whether people do pronounce it like that or not is a different story. – Blavius Apr 12 '15 at 3:00
  • Actually, we don't use う゛ for the purpose of representing "vu" any longer. – user4092 Apr 12 '15 at 13:15

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