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Jat refers to a vowel phoneme of the late Proto-Slavic and older varieties of Slavic languages. In transcription, the symbol ě taken from the Czech alphabet is used. The /ě/-phoneme is called jat after the name (apparently from Old Church Slavic ědь ‘food’) of the Glagolitic Ⱑ and Cyrillic Ѣ ě-letter that symbolized it in Old Church Slavic writing. PSl *ě originated from the merger of two phonemes, *ě₁ (< *ē) and *ě₂ (< *ai̯). The phonetic value of the /ě/-phoneme and its place in the sound patterns of late Proto-Slavic dialects is a matter of dispute. Reflexes of *ě in modern Sl…

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Popov, Mikhail B., “Jat”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief General Editor Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032046>
First published online: 2020

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