Origins of Cyrillic letters Ъ and Ь

Delvo

Senior Member
American English
I know that their original sounds are equivalent to Glagolitic Ⱏ and Ⱐ, but are those Glagolitic written symbols where the Cyrillic written symbols came from? Or did the symbols Ъ and Ь arise independently and get assigned to the sounds of Ⱏ and Ⱐ?
 
  • rushalaim

    Senior Member
    русский
    It's obvious, Cyrillic came from Glagolitic.
    There are three Bolgarian (Christian church language) signs: ъ [er], ы [ery], ь [er'] and they stand together as in Glagolitic as Cyrillic. Those are not letters but just signs.
     
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    berndf

    Moderator
    German (Germany)
    It's obvious, Cyrillic came from Glagolitic.
    There are three Bolgarian (Christian church language) signs: ъ [er], ы [ery], ь [er'] and they stand together as in Glagolitic as Cyrillic. Those are not letters but just signs.
    In modern Russian but not in OCS. Even in modern Bulgarian, ъ still is a genuine vowel.
     
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