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Dje (Ђ ђ; italics: Ђ ђ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
Dje is the sixth letter of the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet, used in Serbo-Croatian to represent the voiced alveolo-palatal affricate /dʑ/, similar to the pronunciation of ⟨j⟩ in "juice".
Dje corresponds to the Latin letter D with stroke (Đ đ) in Gaj's Latin alphabet of Serbo-Croatian, and is thus transliterated that way. When strokes are unavailable, it is transliterated as ‹Dj dj›.
Dje was constructed by request of Vuk Stefanović Karadžić. There were several proposed shapes of the letter (one by Pavle Solarić, another by Gligorije Geršić). The variant now in use was designed by Lukijan Mušicki; it was designed by modification of the letter Ћ, itself a revival of the old Cyrillic letter Djerv (Ꙉ). The new letter was adopted in Karadžić's 1818 dictionary and thus entered widespread usage.
Related letters and other similar characters
- ^ a b c d Maretić, Tomislav. Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga književnog jezika, p. 14-15. 1899.
- ^ Lalević, Miodrag S. (1953). Potsetnik iz srpskohrvatskog jezika i pravopisa: s pravopisnim i jezičkim savetnikom. Rad. p. 75.
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- ^ Петар Ђорђић. Историја српске ћирилице. Београд, 1971.
- The dictionary definition of Ђ at Wiktionary
- The dictionary definition of ђ at Wiktionary