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 ] citation needed sh cheese." Some Russian language primers still prescribe /ɕtɕ/. [ ] citation needed
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