ى

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Character  ى 
Unicode name ARABIC LETTER ALEF MAKSURA
Unicode block Arabic
Codepoint U+0649
See also: ی, ي, ې, ۍ, and ئ

Arabic[edit]

Letter[edit]

ى ()

  1. أَلِف مَقْصُورَة (ʾalif maqṣūra, restricted alif), only written in the final position, transliterated ā. Also called أَلِف لَيِّنَة (ʾalif layyina, flexible alif). Its occurrence is rare. Its pronunciation length is usually short:
    North Africa: IPA(key): [æ, ɑ]
    The Levant: IPA(key): [a, ɑ]
    Arabia: IPA(key): [æ, a, ɑ]
    Persian Gulf: IPA(key): [ɐ]
    • When pronounced longly, it is in careful Literary Arabic pronunciation or in reciting Koran. All long pronunciations have the same vowel values, with the exception of the gulf pronunciation, the lengthened pronunciation is only IPA(key): [ɑː].
  2. The yāʾ ي (y) in the final position, as spelled by the Egyptians and the Sudanese. This was the original form of the letter in final position for both of and , before the creation of ي (y).

Descendants[edit]

  • Persian: ی

Malay[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Name of letter) IPA(key): [jə]
  • (Phoneme, Opened ultima only) IPA(key): [ə]

Letter[edit]

ى / ـى

  1. The thirty-fifth letter of the Malay alphabet, written in the Arabic script.

See also[edit]