aspirated h

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A calque of French h aspiré

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  • IPA(key): /ˈæspəreɪtəd eɪtʃ/

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aspirated h

  1. (linguistics) In the French language, usage of the letter h at the start of a word which does not allow liaison with a preceding consonant or elision of a preceding schwa.
    The French word héros ("hero") begins with an aspirated h. Consequently we say le héros /lə e.ʁo/ and les héros /le e.ʁo/, but never /l‿e.ʁo/ and /le‿ze.ʁo/ as we do with the mute h.

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