I have created a language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet, but I'm unsure as to how I can transliterate these letters for English-speaking readers:

Ii - this is pronounced as a hard letter 'i', as in 'ink'.

Ии - this is pronounced 'ee', as in 'feet'.

Йй - this is pronounced 'y', as in 'boy'.

I prefer the look of the words when I transliterate all three letters as 'i', but I fear this may be confusing for readers? Are there specific diacritical marks to show the different pronunciations?

Thank you very much!

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    Since you can pretty much transcribe any sound in Cyrillic (once you go beyond the subset used in Russian), I think it would be more sensible to start by specifying what the segments of this language are. Or at least list the Cyrillic letters you use: e.g. do you include any of ӝ, ӫ, ӻ, ҡ, ҥ, ҧ, ҩ?
    – user6726
    Apr 20, 2017 at 17:57

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The English sound 'i' as in 'ink' is closer to Ыы [ɨ], which is usually transliterated into the Latin alphabet as Yy. And don't forget, there's also a letter Її that you can use as you like, in reality it's used in the Ukrainian Cyrillic alphabet and is pronounced as [ji]. Also, the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet uses the Latin Jj for [j], so if you use the three of them, Їі, Іі, and Jj, you'll have all of them with dots.

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