Je (Cyrillic)
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Je Cyrillic
Cyrillic letter Je
Cyrillic letter Je - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Phonetic usage:[j]
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
Non-Slavic letters
Archaic letters

Je (? ?; italics: ? ?) is a letter of the Cyrillic script, taken over from the Latin letter J.[1]

It commonly represents the palatal approximant /j/, like the pronunciation of ⟨y⟩ in "yes".


The Cyrillic letter ? was introduced in the 1818 Serbian dictionary of Vuk Stefanovi? Karad?i?, on the basis of the Latin letter j.[1] Karad?i? had previously used ? instead for the same sound, a usage he took from Dositej Obradovi?.[2]


Language pronunciation notes
Altai voiced palatal plosive /?/
Azerbaijani /j/ corresponds to ⟨y⟩ in the official Latin alphabet.
Kildin Sami voiceless palatal approximant /j?/ the letter Short I with tail (? ?) is also used.
Macedonian /j/ Prior to the development of the Macedonian alphabet in 1944-45, Macedonian authors used either ? ? or ? ?.[3]
Ossetian /j/ used in the original (pre-1923) Cyrillic orthography.
Serbian /j/ in Vuk Karad?i?'s alphabet, the letter Je replaced the traditional letter Short I (? ?), which invited accusations of submission to the Latin script and Catholic Church (in Austria) from the Orthodox clergy.

Related letters and other similar characters

Computing codes

Character information
Preview Ј ј
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1032 U+0408 1112 U+0458
UTF-8 208 136 D0 88 209 152 D1 98
Numeric character reference Ј Ј ј ј
Named character reference Ј ј
Code page 855 143 8F 142 8E
Windows-1251 163 A3 188 BC
ISO-8859-5 168 A8 248 F8
Macintosh Cyrillic 183 B7 192 C0

External links

  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary


  1. ^ a b Mareti?, Tomislav. Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga knji?evnog jezika. 1899.
  2. ^ Karad?i?, Vuk Stefanovi?. Pismenica serbskoga iezika, po govoru prostoga narod'a, 1814.
  3. ^ Dontchev Daskalov, Roumen; Marinov, Tchavdar (2013), Entangled Histories of the Balkans: Volume One: National Ideologies and Language Policies, Balkan Studies Library, BRILL, pp. 451, 454-456, ISBN 900425076X

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