Lje (Љ љ; italics: Љ љ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
Lje represents a palatal lateral /ʎ/, a sound similar (but not identical) to the palatalized alveolar lateral, which is in some languages represented by the digraph ⟨ль⟩ and pronounced /lʲ/ like the ⟨ll⟩ in "million". Compare Latvian ⟨ļ⟩, Czech ⟨ľ⟩, Spanish ⟨ll⟩, Italian ⟨gl⟩, and Czech ⟨ĺ⟩.
Lje is a ligature of ⟨л⟩ and ⟨ь⟩. It was invented by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić for use in Serbian Cyrillic in his 1818 Serbian Dictionary, replacing the earlier digraph ⟨ль⟩. It corresponds to the digraph ⟨ǈ⟩ in Gaj's Latin alphabet for Serbo-Croatian.
Related letters and other similar characters
- Л л : Cyrillic letter El
- Ь ь : Cyrillic letter Soft sign
- Ll : Spanish double L in the absence of Yeísmo
- Ľ ľ : Latin letter L with caron
- Ĺ ĺ : Latin letter L with acute
- Ļ ļ : Latin letter L with cedilla
- Њ њ : Cyrillic letter Nje
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER LJE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER LJE|
|UTF-8||208 137||D0 89||209 153||D1 99|
|Numeric character reference||Љ||Љ||љ||љ|
|Code page 855||145||91||144||90|
- Maretić, Tomislav. Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga književnog jezika. 1899.
- The dictionary definition of Љ at Wiktionary
- The dictionary definition of љ at Wiktionary
- Audio samples of the letter Lje
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