The fifty-third letter of the KabardianCyrillic alphabet. It also provides the first or second component in a number of Kabardian digraphs and trigraphs. Its Kabardian name is ’ə and it represents a glottal stop. It is preceded by я and followed by the digraph ӏу. Example: ищӏэн (jəɕ’án, “he knew it”).
In the AvarCyrillic alphabet, it is not an independent letter, but is combined with various consonants, such as гӏ, кӏ, лӏ, тӏ, хӏ, цӏ, чӏ (pronounced ʕ, kʼ, tɬʼ, tʼ, ħ, t͡sʼ, and t͡ʃʼ).
Often the capital Roman letter I or the numeral 1 is used instead of the Ӏ symbol. In some of these languages, such as Chechen, national keyboards still do not provide the Ӏ symbol, and the Roman letter or the numeral are in standard use.