U+04CF was added to Unicode in version 5.0 (2006). It belongs to the block Cyrillic in the Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Lowercase Letter and is mainly used in the Cyrillic script. It is related to its uppercase variant Ӏ and its titlecase variant Ӏ.

The glyph is not a composition. It has a Neutral East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Left To Right and is not mirrored. The glyph can, under circumstances, be confused with 57 other glyphs. In text U+04CF behaves as Alphabetic regarding line breaks. It has type Lower for sentence and ALetter for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Any.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

The palochka or dzhi (Ӏ ӏ; italics: Ӏ ӏ) (Russian: палочка, tr. palochka; IPA: [ˈpɑɫət͡ɕkə], literally "a stick") is a letter of the Cyrillic script. This letter usually most often has only a capital form, which is also used in lowercase text. The capital form of the palochka often looks like the capital form of the Cyrillic letter soft-dotted I (І і), the capital form of the Latin letter I (I i), and the lowercase form of the Latin letter L (L l) where it represents /j/ in jet.

The letter was introduced during the cyrillization of the North-Caucasian languages in the late 1930s. In order to keep new orthography compatible with Russian typewriters many new alphabets did not contain any letters distinct from the ones of the Russian alphabet (sounds absent in Russian were marked with digraphs and other letter combinations). The palochka was the only exception, and in practice while typewriting the Arabo-European digit 1 was used instead. In fact, on Russian typewriters this character did not look like digit 1, but rather as a Roman numeral I with serifs. This practice still is common, because the palochka is not present in most standard keyboard layouts (and for some of them not even the soft-dotted I) or common fonts, and so cannot be easily entered or reliably displayed on many computer systems.

In the alphabets of the Caucasian languages Abaza, Adyghe, Avar, Chechen, Dargwa, Ingush, Kabardian, Lak, Lezgian and Tabassaran, the palochka has no independent phonetic value, but signals that the preceding consonant is an ejective. (An exception is the Abkhaz language, which does not use palochka for rendering ejectives.)

Example from Avar: кӏалъазе [kʼaˈɬaze], "to speak"

In Adyghe, Chechen, Ingush and Kabardian, Palochka also functions as the glottal stop /ʔ/.

Example from Kabardian: елъэӏуащ [jaɬaˈʔʷaːɕ], "he asked her for something"

In Chechen, the palochka also represents the voiced pharyngeal fricative /ʕ/.


System Representation
UTF-8 D3 8F
UTF-16 04 CF
UTF-32 00 00 04 CF
URL-Quoted %D3%8F
HTML-Escape ӏ
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake ӏ

Related Characters

  • Ӏ


  • i
  • ⍳
  • i
  • ı
  • ij
  • ɨ
  • ɩ
  • ɪ
  • ˛
  • ͺ
  • ι
  • ы
  • і
  • ӏ
  • Ꭵ
  • ᵻ
  • ᵼ
  • ι
  • ℹ
  • ⅈ
  • ⅰ
  • ⅱ
  • ⅲ
  • ⅳ
  • ⅵ
  • ⅶ
  • ⅷ
  • ⅸ
  • ⅺ
  • ⅻ
  • ⍳
  • ⍸
  • ⒤
  • ꙇ
  • fi
  • ffi
  • i
  • 𑣃
  • 𝐢
  • 𝑖
  • 𝒊
  • 𝒾
  • 𝓲
  • 𝔦
  • 𝕚
  • 𝖎
  • 𝗂
  • 𝗶
  • 𝘪
  • 𝙞
  • 𝚒
  • 𝚤
  • 𝛊
  • 𝜄
  • 𝜾
  • 𝝸
  • 𝞲


Complete Record

Property Value
Age (age) 5.0
Unicode 1 Name (na1)
Block (blk) Cyrillic
General Category (gc) Lowercase Letter
Script (sc) Cyrillic
Bidirectional Category (bc) Left To Right
Combining Class (ccc) Not Reordered
Decomposition Type (dt) None
Decomposition Mapping (dm) ӏ
Lowercase (Lower)
Simple Lowercase Mapping (slc) ӏ
Lowercase Mapping (lc) ӏ
Uppercase (Upper)
Simple Uppercase Mapping (suc) Ӏ
Uppercase Mapping (uc) Ӏ
Simple Titlecase Mapping (stc) Ӏ
Titlecase Mapping (tc) Ӏ
Case Folding (cf) ӏ
ASCII Hex Digit (AHex)
Alphabetic (Alpha)
Bidi Control (Bidi_C)
Bidi Mirrored (Bidi_M)
Bidi Paired Bracket (bpb) ӏ
Bidi Paired Bracket Type (bpt) None
Cased (Cased)
Composition Exclusion (CE)
Case Ignorable (CI)
Full Composition Exclusion (Comp_Ex)
Changes When Casefolded (CWCF)
Changes When Casemapped (CWCM)
Changes When NFKC Casefolded (CWKCF)
Changes When Lowercased (CWL)
Changes When Titlecased (CWT)
Changes When Uppercased (CWU)
Dash (Dash)
Deprecated (Dep)
Default Ignorable Code Point (DI)
Diacritic (Dia)
East Asian Width (ea) Neutral
Extender (Ext)
FC NFKC Closure (FC_NFKC) ӏ
Grapheme Cluster Break (GCB) Any
Grapheme Base (Gr_Base)
Grapheme Extend (Gr_Ext)
Hex Digit (Hex)
Hangul Syllable Type (hst) Not Applicable
Hyphen (Hyphen)
ID Continue (IDC)
Ideographic (Ideo)
ID Start (IDS)
IDS Binary Operator (IDSB)
IDS Trinary Operator and (IDST)
Indic Positional Category (InPC) NA
Indic Syllabic Category (InSC) Other
ISO 10646 Comment (isc)
Joining Group (jg) No_Joining_Group
Join Control (Join_C)
Jamo Short Name (JSN)
Joining Type (jt) Non Joining
Line Break (lb) Alphabetic
Logical Order Exception (LOE)
Math (Math)
Noncharacter Code Point (NChar)
NFC Quick Check (NFC_QC) Yes
NFD Quick Check (NFD_QC) Yes
NFKC Casefold (NFKC_CF) ӏ
NFKC Quick Check (NFKC_QC) Yes
NFKD Quick Check (NFKD_QC) Yes
Numeric Type (nt) None
Numeric Value (nv) NaN
Other Alphabetic (OAlpha)
Other Default Ignorable Code Point (ODI)
Other Grapheme Extend (OGr_Ext)
Other ID Continue (OIDC)
Other ID Start (OIDS)
Other Lowercase (OLower)
Other Math (OMath)
Other Uppercase (OUpper)
Pattern Syntax (Pat_Syn)
Pattern White Space (Pat_WS)
Quotation Mark (QMark)
Radical (Radical)
Sentence Break (SB) Lower
Simple Case Folding (scf) ӏ
Script Extension (scx) Cyrillic
Soft Dotted (SD)
STerm (STerm)
Terminal Punctuation (Term)
Unified Ideograph (UIdeo)
Variation Selector (VS)
Word Break (WB) ALetter
White Space (WSpace)
XID Continue (XIDC)
XID Start (XIDS)
Expands On NFC (XO_NFC)
Expands On NFD (XO_NFD)
Expands On NFKC (XO_NFKC)
Expands On NFKD (XO_NFKD)