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Ye (Е е; italics: Е е) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. In some languages this letter is called E.
It commonly represents the vowel [e] or [ɛ], like the pronunciation of ⟨e⟩ in "yes".
It was derived from the Greek letter epsilon (Ε ε).
Russian and Belarusian
- At the beginning of a word or after a vowel, Ye represents the phonemic combination /je/ (phonetically [je] or [jɛ]), like the pronunciation of ⟨ye⟩ in "yes".
- Following a consonant, Ye indicates that the consonant is palatalized, and represents the vowel /e/ (phonetically [e] or [ɛ]), like the pronunciation of ⟨e⟩ in "yes".
Ukrainian uses the letter Ukrainian Ye (Є є) in this way.
In Russian, the letter ⟨е⟩ can follow unpalatalized consonants, especially ⟨ж⟩, ⟨ш⟩, and ⟨ц⟩. In some loanwords, other consonants before ⟨е⟩ (especially ⟨т⟩, ⟨д⟩, ⟨н⟩, ⟨с⟩, ⟨з⟩, and ⟨р⟩) are also not palatalized, see E (Cyrillic). The letter ⟨е⟩ also represents /jo/ (as in "yogurt") and /o/ after palatalized consonants, ⟨ж⟩, and ⟨ш⟩. In these cases, ⟨ё⟩ may be used, see Yo (Cyrillic). In unstressed syllables, ⟨e⟩ represents reduced vowels like [ɪ], see Russian phonology and Vowel reduction in Russian.
Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, and Ukrainian
This letter is called E, and represents the vowel phoneme /e/ (phonetically [e] or [ɛ]), like the pronunciation of ⟨e⟩ in the word "set".
Related letters and other similar characters
- Ε ε : Greek letter epsilon
- E e : Latin letter E
- Ɛ ɛ : Latin letter epsilon
- Ё ё : Cyrillic letter yo
- Є є : Cyrillic letter Ukrainian ye
- Ԑ ԑ : Cyrillic letter reversed ze
- Э э : Cyrillic letter e
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IE|
|UTF-8||208 149||D0 95||208 181||D0 B5|
|Numeric character reference||Е||Е||е||е|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||229||E5||197||C5|
|Code page 855||169||A9||168||A8|
- "Ye" is sometimes also transliterated as ⟨ie⟩ or ⟨ye⟩.