Yi (Ї ї; italics: Ї ї) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. Yi is derived from the Greek letter iota with diaeresis.
It was the initial variant of the Cyrillic letter Іі, which saw change from two dots to one in 18th century, possibly inspired by similar Latin letter i. Later two variants of the letter separated to become distinct letters in the Ukrainian alphabet.
It is used in the Ukrainian alphabet, the Pannonian Rusyn alphabet, and the Prešov Rusyn alphabet of Slovakia, where it represents the iotated vowel sound /ji/, like the pronunciation of ⟨yea⟩ in "yeast". As the historical variant of the Cyrillic Іі it represented either /i/ (as i in pizza) or /j/ (as y in yen).
In various romanization systems of Ukrainian, ї is represented by Latin letters i or yi (word-initially), yi, ji, or even ï.
It was formerly also used in the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet in the late 1700s and early 1800s, where it represented the sound /j/; in this capacity, it was introduced by Dositej Obradović but eventually replaced with the modern letter ј by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić.
In Ukrainian, the letter was introduced as part of the Zhelekhivka orthography, in Yevhen Zhelekhivsky's Ukrainian–German dictionary (2 volumes, 1885–86).
Related letters and other similar characters
- Ӥ ӥ : Cyrillic letter I with diaeresis
- Ï ï : Latin letter I with diaeresis
- Ι ι : Greek letter Ι
- Ј ј : Cyrillic letter J
- Ι ι : Greek letter Iota
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER YI||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER YI|
|UTF-8||208 135||D0 87||209 151||D1 97|
|Numeric character reference||Ї
|Named character reference||Ї||ї|
|Code page 855||141||8D||140||8C|
|Code page 866||244||F4||245||F5|
- ^ Romanization System In Ukraine
- ^ Romanization Of Ukrainian. BGN/PCGN 2019 Agreement
- ^ BGN/PCGN 1965
- ^ Ukrainian romanization table, The Library of Congress
- ^ Maretić, Tomislav. Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga književnog jezika. 1899.
- ^ Karadžić, Vuk Stefanović. Pismenica serbskoga iezika, po govoru prostoga narod’a, 1814.
- The dictionary definition of Ї at Wiktionary
- The dictionary definition of ї at Wiktionary
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