ħ

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ħ U+0127, ħ
LATIN SMALL LETTER H WITH STROKE
Ħ
[U+0126]
Latin Extended-A Ĩ
[U+0128]

Translingual[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Symbol[edit]

ħ

  1. (IPA) voiceless pharyngeal fricative.
  2. Dirac constant (pronounced "aitch-bar", sometimes written as h-bar or hbar)

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Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Continues Arabic ح() and خ(). In the early 19th century, the two phonemes were apparently still distinguished as /ħ/ and /χ/ respectively. Soon afterwards, however, they were merged into one phoneme /ħ/.

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

ħ (upper case Ħ)

  1. The eleventh letter of the Maltese alphabet, called ħe and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In contemporary Maltese, the letter ħ represents /ħ/ in all positions. Chiefly word-finally, the same phoneme may also be represented by or h. The actual realisation varies (by position and dialect) between [χ], [ħ], and [h]. This variation is purely allophonic.

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