Heng (letter)

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Heng is a letter of the Latin alphabet, derived from h combined with something similar to eng.

It was used word-finally in early transcriptions of Mayan languages, where it may have represented a uvular fricative.

It is sometimes used to write Judeo-Tat.

It has been occasionally used by phonologists to represent a hypothetical phoneme in English, which includes both [h] and [ŋ] as its allophones. Normally /h/ and /ŋ/ are considered separate phonemes in English.

Both U+A726 latin capital letter heng (HTML: Ꜧ) and U+A727 latin small letter heng (HTML: ꜧ) are encoded in Unicode block Latin Extended-D.

IPA usage[edit]

A variant form, U+0267 ɧ latin small letter heng with hook (HTML: ɧ), is encoded as part of the IPA Extensions block. It is used to represent the voiceless palatal-velar fricative in the International Phonetic Alphabet.


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  • Pullum, Geoffrey K.; Ladusaw, William A. (1996). Phonetic Symbol Guide. University of Chicago Press. p. 77. 

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