Short I

Short I or Yot й; italics: Й й) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. It is made of the Cyrillic letter И with a breve.

For the sound in English sometimes represented by ĭ, see near-close near-front unrounded vowel.
Cyrillic letter Short I
Phonetic usage:[j] [ĭ]
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
АБВГҐДЂ
ЃЕЀЁЄЖЗ
З́ЅИЍІЇЙ
ЈКЛЉМНЊ
ОПРСС́ТЋ
ЌУЎФХЦЧ
ЏШЩЪЫЬЭ
ЮЯ
Non-Slavic letters
А́А̀ӐА̄А̊А̃Ӓ
Ӓ̄В̌ӘӘ́Ә̃ӚӔ
ҒГ̧Г̑Г̄Г̣Г̌Ҕ
ӺҒ̌ӶԀԂ
Д̆Д̣ԪԬД̆Ӗ
Е̄Е̃Ё̄Є̈ӁҖ
ӜԄҘӞЗ̌З̱З̣
ԐԐ̈ӠԆӢИ̃Ҋ
ӤИ́ҚӃҠҞҜ
ԞК̣ԚӅԮԒԠ
ԈԔӍӉҢԨӇ
ҤԢԊО́О̀О̆О̂
О̃О̄ӦӦ̄ӨӨ̄Ө́
Ө̆ӪҨԤҦР̌Ҏ
ԖҪС̣С̱ԌТ̌Т̣
ҬԎУ̃Ӯ
ӰӰ́ӲҮҮ́ҰХ̣
Х̱Х̮Х̑ҲӼӾҺ
Һ̈ԦҴҶӴ
ӋҸҼҾ
Ы̆Ы̄ӸҌЭ̆Э̄Э̇
ӬӬ́Ӭ̄Ю̆Ю̈Ю̈́Ю̄
Я̆Я̄Я̈ԘԜӀ
Archaic letters
ҀѺ
ѸѠѼѾ
ѢѤѦ
ѪѨѬѮ
ѰѲѴѶ

Short I represents the palatal approximant /j/ like the pronunciation of y in yesterday.

Depending on the romanization system in use and the Slavic language that is under examination, it can be romanized as y (the most common), j, i or ĭ (probably the least common).

For more details, see romanization of Russian, romanization of Ukrainian and romanization of Bulgarian.

History

Active use of Й (or, rather, the breve over И) began around the 15th and the 16th centuries. Since the middle of the 17th century, the differentiation between И and Й is obligatory in the Russian variant of Church Slavonic orthography (used for the Russian language as well). During the alphabet reforms of Peter I, all diacritic marks were removed from the Russian writing system, but shortly after his death, in 1735, the distinction between И and Й was restored. Й was not officially considered a separate letter of the alphabet until the 1930s.

Because Й was considered to be a vowel and not a consonant, it was not required to take a hard sign when it came at the end of a word in pre-reform orthography.

Usage

Languageposition in
alphabet
name
Belarusian11thі нескладовае (I neskladovaye, or "non-syllabic I")
Bulgarian10thИ кратко (I kratko or "short I")
Russian11thИ краткое (I kratkoye or "short I")
Ukrainian14thйот /jɔt/, й /ɪj/

In Russian, it appears predominantly in diphthongs like /ij/ in широкий (shirokiy 'wide'), /aj/ in край (kray 'end', 'krai'), /ej/ in долей (doley 'portion'), /oj/ in горой (goroy 'mountain'), and /uj/ in буйство (buystvo 'rage'). It is used in other positions only in foreign words, such as Йopк (York, not with Ё), including fellow Slavic words like Йовович (Yovovich).

In Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian, the Cyrillic letter Ј is used to represent the same sound. Latin-based Slavonic writing systems, such as Polish, Czech and the Latin version of Serbian and Croatian use the Latin letter J (not the letter Y, as in English or French), for that purpose.

Note that breve in Й may be quite different from ordinary breve, the former having a thinner central part and thicker ends (the opposite holds for ordinary breve). This is often seen in serif fonts, cf. Й (Cyrillic Short I) and Ŭ (Latin U with breve).

Computing codes

CharacterЙй
Unicode nameCYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SHORT ICYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SHORT I
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode1049U+04191081U+0439
UTF-8208 153D0 99208 185D0 B9
Numeric character referenceЙЙйй
KOI8-R and KOI8-U234EA202CA
Code page 855190BE189BD
Code page 86613789169A9
Windows-1251201C9233E9
ISO-8859-5185B9217D9
Macintosh Cyrillic13789233E9
  • The dictionary definition of Й at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of й at Wiktionary
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