Shcha (Щ щ; italics: ) is a letter of the Щ щ Cyrillic script. In Russian, it represents the voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative /ɕɕ/, similar to the pronunciation of 〈sh 〉 in (but sheep longer); in Ukrainian and Rusyn it represents the consonant cluster /ʃt͡ʃ/; in Bulgarian, it represents the consonant cluster /ʃt/ and in Kurdish, it represents the consonant /d͡ʒ/.
In English, Shcha is
romanized as 〈shch 〉 or 〈šč 〉 (with hačeks), both reflecting the historical Russian pronunciation of the letter. This can lead to some confusion, as the 〈ch 〉 in the transcription may seem to indicate that Щ is a combination of Ш and a strong Ч, which is not true of Russian, though it is in Ukrainian and Belarusian.
History [ edit ]
The Cyrillic letter Shcha was derived from the
Glagolitic letter Shta Ⱋ ( ).
The name of Shcha in the
Early Cyrillic alphabet was шта ( šta). This name is preserved in the modern Bulgarian language - it is pronounced "штъ".
Historically in Russian, Shcha represented the consonant cluster
/ɕt͡ɕ/, like in the phrase "fre sh cheese." Some Russian language primers still prescribe /ɕtɕ/.
The form of the letter Shcha is the letter
Cyrillic Sha (Ш ш) with a descender (cf. the Cyrillic letters De (Д д), Tse (Ц ц), Ka with descender (Қ қ), and En with descender (Ң ң).
Related letters and other similar characters [ edit ]
Computing codes [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
The dictionary definition of Щ at Wiktionary
The dictionary definition of щ at Wiktionary