Nje (Њ њ; italics: Њ њ; also called nye) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
It is a ligature of the Cyrillic letters En ⟨н⟩ and Soft Sign ⟨ь⟩. It was invented by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić for use in his 1818 dictionary, replacing the earlier digraph ⟨нь⟩. It corresponds to the digraph ⟨nj⟩ in Gaj's Latin alphabet for Serbo-Croatian.
It is today used in Macedonian, variants of Serbo-Croatian when written in Cyrillic (Bosnian, Montenegrin, and Serbian), Itelmen and Udege, where it represents a palatal nasal /ɲ/, similar to the ⟨ny⟩ in "canyon" (cf. Polish ⟨ń⟩, Czech and Slovak ⟨ň⟩, Latvian ⟨ņ⟩, Galician and Spanish ⟨ñ⟩, Occitan, Portuguese and Vietnamese ⟨nh⟩, Catalan and Hungarian ⟨ny⟩, and Italian and French ⟨gn⟩).
Nje is commonly transliterated as nj but it is also transliterated ń or ņ.
Related letters and other similar characters edit
- Н н : Cyrillic letter En
- Ь ь : Cyrillic letter Soft sign
- Ñ ñ : Latin letter N with tilde - a Filipino, Spanish, and Tetum letter
- Ń ń : Latin letter N with acute - a Kashubian, Polish, and Sorbian letter
- Ň ň : Latin letter N with caron - a Czech, Turkmen, and Slovak letter
- Ņ ņ : Latin letter N with cedilla - a Latvian letter
- Љ љ : Cyrillic letter Lje
- Ԩ ԩ : Cyrillic letter En with left hook - a letter uses in Orok language.
Computing codes edit
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER NJE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER NJE|
|UTF-8||208 138||D0 8A||209 154||D1 9A|
|Numeric character reference||Њ
|Named character reference||Њ||њ|
|Code page 855||147||93||146||92|
See also edit
- Maretić, Tomislav. Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga književnog jezika. 1899.
- The dictionary definition of Њ at Wiktionary
- The dictionary definition of њ at Wiktionary
- IBM EBCDIC (Cyrillic Russian) encoding - Windows charsets