Cyrillic letter Lje
Cyrillic letter lje.svg
Phonetic usage:[ʎ]
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
АА́А̀А̂А̄ӒБВ
ГҐДЂЃЕЕ́Ѐ
Е̂Е̄ЁЄЄ́ЖЗЗ́
ЅИІІ́ЇИ́ЍИ̂
ӢЙЈКЛЉМН
ЊОО́О̀О̂ŌӦП
РСС́ТЋЌУУ́
У̀У̂ӮЎӰФХЦ
ЧЏШЩЪЪ̀ЫЫ́
ЬѢЭЭ́ЮЮ́Ю̀Я
Я́Я̀
Non-Slavic letters
ӐА̊А̃Ӓ̄А̨ӔӘӘ́
Ә̀Ә̃ӚӘ̄В̌ҒГ̑Г̣
Г̌ Г̂Г̆Г̈ҔӺҒ̌Ӷ
Д́Д̀Д̌Д̈Д̣Д̆ӖЕ̃
Ё̄Є̈ӁҖӜЖ̣ҘӞ
З̌З̣З̆ԐԐ́Ԑ̈ӠИ̃
ҊӤІ̄́І̨Ј̵ҚК̈Ӄ
ҠҞҜК̣ԚЛ́Л̀Ӆ
ԮԒЛ̈ӍН́Н̀Н̃Н̄
ӉҢԨӇҤО̆О̃Ӧ̄
ӨӨ̄Ө́Ө̆ӪҨԤП̈
Р́Р̌ҎС̀С̌ҪС̣Т́
Т̈Т̌Т̣ҬТ‍ЬУ̃ӲУ̊
Ӱ̄ҮҮ́Ү̈ҰХ̣Х̱Х̮
Х̑Х̌ҲӼӾҺҺ̈Һ̌
ԦЦ́Ц̌Ц̈ҴЧ̀ҶҶ̣
ӴӋҸЧ̇Ч̣ҼҾШ̆
Ш̈Ш̣Ы̆Ы̄ӸҌЭ̆Э̄
Э̇ӬӬ́Ӭ̄Ю̆Ю̈Ю̈́Ю̄
Я̆Я̄Я̈Я̈́ԜӀ
Archaic letters
ҀѺѸ
ѠѼѾѢ́
Ѣ̈Ѣ̆ѤѦ
ѪѨѬѮѰѲ
ѴѶԘ
ԀԔ
ԖԠԢҦ
ԂԄԈԊ
ԌԎԆԞ
ԪԬБ̣Г̧Г̄К̂К̅З̀
Т̀

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⟩, Slovak ⟨ľ⟩, Portuguese ⟨lh⟩, Spanish ⟨ll⟩ and Italian ⟨gl⟩.

Lje is a ligature of ⟨л⟩ and ⟨ь⟩.[1] It was invented by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić for use in his 1818 dictionary, replacing the earlier digraph ⟨ль⟩.[1] It corresponds to the digraphLj⟩ in Gaj's Latin alphabet for Serbo-Croatian.[1]

It is today used in Macedonian, variants of Serbo-Croatian when written in Cyrillic (Bosnian, Montenegrin and Serbian), and Itelmen.

Lje is commonly transliterated as lj but it can also be transliterated as ľ, or ļ.

Related letters and other similar characters

Computing codes

Character information
Preview Љ љ
Unicode name CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER LJE CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER LJE
Encodings decimal hex dec hex
Unicode 1033 U+0409 1113 U+0459
UTF-8 208 137 D0 89 209 153 D1 99
Numeric character reference Љ Љ љ љ
Named character reference Љ љ
Code page 855 145 91 144 90
Windows-1251 138 8A 154 9A
ISO-8859-5 169 A9 249 F9
Macintosh Cyrillic 188 BC 189 BD

References

  1. ^ a b c Maretić, Tomislav. Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga književnog jezika. 1899.