İ, or i, called dotted I or i-dot, is a letter used in the Latin-script alphabets of Azerbaijani, Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, Kazakh, Tatar, and Turkish. It commonly represents the close front unrounded vowel /i/, except in Kazakh where it additionally represents the voiced palatal approximant /j/ and the diphthongs /ɪj/ and /əj/. All of the languages it is used in also use its dotless counterpart I while not using the basic Latin letter I.
|Writing system||Latin script|
|Language of origin||Turkish language|
|Time period||1928 to present|
|Unicode name||LATIN CAPITAL LETTER
I WITH DOT ABOVE
|LATIN SMALL LETTER I|
|UTF-8||196 176||C4 B0||105||69|
|Numeric character reference||İ
|Named character reference||İ|
Usage in other languagesEdit
Both the dotted and dotless I can be used in transcriptions of Rusyn to allow distinguishing between the letters Ы and И, which would otherwise be both transcribed as "y", despite representing different phonemes. Under such transcription the dotted İ would represent the Cyrillic І, and the dotless I would represent either Ы or И, with the other being represented by "Y".
- Unicode chart
- Tex Texin, Internationalization for Turkish: Dotted and Dotless Letter "I", accessed 15 Nov 2005