Letter of the Latin alphabet

(minuscule: ) is a letter of the Latin alphabet, formed from H with the addition of a dot diacritic. The letter has significance in various writing systems.

These include:

  • The voiceless pharyngeal fricative (/ħ/) in Arabic, some Syriac languages (such as Turoyo and Chaldean Neo-Aramaic), and traditional Hebrew (whereas Ashkenazi Jews and Israelis usually pronounce the letter Ḥet as a voiceless uvular fricative (/χ/)). This sound also exists in the Tigrinya and Somali languages, in Modern South Arabian languages and in smaller North East African languages.
  • Visarga, the phone [h] in Sanskrit phonology in the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration. Other transliteration systems use different symbols.
  • In Asturian used to represent a voiceless glottal fricative (/h/) sound in Asturian words such as Ḥou

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