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イ (romaji i)
- The /i/ phoneme, typically in words of non-Japanese origin.
- The second character in the gojūon ordering of katakana. The previous character is ア (a) and the next character is ウ (u). The equivalent hiragana character is い (i).
イ (i) is used to represent the sound of the mora /i/ in words of non-Japanese origin. To represent the vowel sound /i/ as a component of non-Japanese syllables with corresponding Japanese morae, the other katakana characters are used instead, e.g. リ (ri), ミ (mi) or ヒ (hi). The scaled-down version ィ (i) is used instead for the vowel sound /i/ in syllables that begin with a consonant sound and do not correspond with Japanese morae.
- For a list of words starting with イ (i) see: Special:Allpages/イ
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