Sindarin

Sindarin Phonetic Development (Part 58)

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S. medial [j] became [i]; [-j-] > [-i-]

In Sindarin and Noldorin any surviving medial -y- [j] became i at some stage. This is a factor in Sindarin orthography, where i always represents the vowel [i] medially, but at the beginning of a word before another vowel represents the “y”-sound [j], because it is the only place where this sound can appear: