ⓘ Te (Cyrillic)

Te (Cyrillic)

ⓘ Te (Cyrillic)

Te is a letter of the Cyrillic script.

It commonly represents the voiceless alveolar plosive /t, like the pronunciation of ⟨t⟩ in "s t ick".


1. History

The Cyrillic letter Te was derived from the Greek letter Tau Τ τ.

The name of Te in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was тврьдо tvrdo, meaning "hard" or "surly".

In the Cyrillic numeral system, Te had a value of 300.


2. Form

The capital Cyrillic letter Te т looks the same as the capital Latin letter t but, as with most Cyrillic letters, the lowercase form is simply a smaller version of the uppercase.

In italic type and cursive, the lowercase form ⟨ т ⟩ looks like the italic form of the lowercase Latin M ⟨ m ⟩, except in Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian usage where it looks like an inverted lowercase Latin M, with a stroke above to distinguish it from the otherwise identical italic lowercase letter Sha ⟨ ш ⟩, which is sometimes written with a stroke below. Compare the 5th letter pair in the 4th row with the last letter pair of the chart.

The cursive form of the capital letter Te can also be seen in the chart following the lower case letter.

In some old materials, the lowercase form ⟨т⟩ has two variants: on the Trebnik of Metropolitan Peter and the Ostrog Bible this letter has a taller variant looks like number 7 ᲄ; on some vernacular Russian publications up to the mid-19ᵗʰ century, this letter have been found a variant looks like turned Sha ᲅ. Both of them were encoded in the Unicode Standard in June 2016 with the release of version 9.0.


3. Usage

As used in the alphabets of various languages, Te represents the following sounds:

  • palatalized voiceless alveolar plosive /tʲ/
  • voiceless alveolar plosive /t, like the pronunciation of ⟨t⟩ in t ick"

The pronunciations shown in the table are the primary ones for each language; for details consult the articles on the languages.