Je (Cyrillic)


Je (Cyrillic)

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Je (Ј, ј) is a letter of the Cyrillic alphabet, used in the Serbian, Macedonian, Azeri, and Altai languages. It replaced the traditional Cyrillic accented и (й) in Vuk Karadžić's alphabet, which invited accusations of submission to the Latin script and Catholic Church (in Austria) from the Orthodox clergy.

Phonetic value

In Serbian, Macedonian and Azeri this letter is pronounced as the palatal approximant, IPA|/j/. Since the letters Я (ya), Є (ye) ,Ё (yo), Ї (yi) and Ю (yu) are not used in the aforementioned languages, they are written separately as Ja, Je, Jo, Jи and Jy.

It is also used in the Altai language to represent the voiced postalveolar affricate, IPA|/ʤ/.


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