Yakut scripts

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A fragment of suruk bicik

There have been three major Yakut writing systems in use since the early 20th century. The first systematic alphabet was developed by Semyon Novgorodov, and was based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. Novgorodov's alphabet was developed in 1917, and continued in use until 1929. In addition to the characters shown below, Novogorodov also introduced four letters to represent the diphthongs found in Yakut: /ɯa͡/ – ꭠ, /ie͡/ – ꭡ, /uo͡/ – ꭣ, and /yø͡/ – w.[1] Vowel and consonant length was indicated with the colon (e.g. a:, t:). While this alphabet was in use, various changes were implemented, including the addition of capital letters. After 1929, Novgorodov's alphabet was replaced by a form of Latin script based on the Uniform Turkic Alphabet.[2] This was in turn replaced in 1939 by an alphabet using the Cyrillic script. Prior to the Novgorodov alphabet, various ad hoc phonetic Latin and Cyrillic-based systems had been developed.

Currently only the Cyrillic Yakut alphabet is in use. This script consists of the usual Russian characters but with 5 additional letters: Ҕҕ, Ҥҥ, Өө, Һһ, Үү.

Table of alphabets used to write Yakut with approximate dates of use[3]
IPA 1819–1858 1851–1917 1858–1917 1917–1927
(Novgorodov Alphabet)
1924–1929 1929–1939 (Yañalif) 1939–Present Notes
a Аа Аа Аа a Aa Aa Аа
b Бб Бб Бб b Bb Бб
v Вв Vv Вв found only in Russian loanwords
ɡ Гг Гг Гг g Gg Gg Гг
ɣ, ʁ Ҕҕ ʃ SakhaEsh.jpg Ƣƣ Ҕҕ
d Дд Дд Дд d Dd Dd Дд
ɟ Џџ Ԫԫ з Зз Çç Дьдь
e, je Ее Ее Ее found only in Russian loanwords
jo Ёё found only in Russian loanwords
ʒ Жж Ƶƶ Жж found only in Russian loanwords
z Зз Zz Зз found only in Russian loanwords
i Ии,Іі Іі Ии i Ii Ii Ии
j Јј Йй j Jj Jj Йй
ȷ̃ ɟ
k Кк Кк Кк k Kk Kk Кк
l Лл Лл Лл l Лл Ll Лл
ʎ Ll ʎ Ll
m Мм Мм Мм m Mm Mm Мм
n Нн Нн Нн n Nn Nn Нн
ŋ Ңң Ҥҥ ŋ Ꞑꞑ Ꞑꞑ Ҥҥ
ɲ Н̕н̕ ɲ SakhaNje.gif Njnj Ньнь
o Оо Оо Оо ɔ Ɔɔ Oo Оо
ø Ӧӧ Ёё SakhaOe.png Ɵɵ Өө
p Пп Пп Пп p Pp Pp Пп
r Рр Рр Рр r Rr Rr Рр
s Сс Сс Сс s Ss Ss Сс
h һ h Hh Hh Һһ
t Тт Тт Тт t Tt Tt Тт
u Уу Уу Уу u Uu Uu Уу
y Ӱӱ y Yy Yy Үү
f Фф, Ѳѳ Ff Фф found only in Russian loanwords
x Хх Хх Хх q Qq Хх
ts Цц Цц found only in Russian loanwords
Чч Чч Чч c Cc Cc Чч
ʃ Шш Şş Шш found only in Russian loanwords
ɕː Щщ Щщ found only in Russian loanwords
◌. Ъъ Ъъ Ъъ found only in Russian loanwords
ɯ Ыы Ыы Ыы ɯ Ыы Ьь Ыы
◌ʲ Ьь Ьь Ьь found only in digraphs (дь, нь) and Russian loanwords
e Ее Ää Ээ e Ee Ee Ээ
ju Юю Юю Юю found only in Russian loanwords
ja Яя Яя Яя found only in Russian loanwords


  1. ^ Yevlampiev, Ilya; Jumagueldinov, Nurlan; Pentzlin, Karl (2012-04-26). "Second revised proposal to encode four historic Latin letters for Sakha (Yakut)" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Yakut language". Minority languages of Russia on the net. Retrieved 2007-05-18.
  3. ^ Петров, Н.Е. (1972). "Алфавит Якутского Языка". In Баскаков, Н.А. (ed.). Вопросы Совершенствования Алфавитов Тюркских Языков СССР (in Russian). Moscow: Академия наук СССР.

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