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H or h is the eighth letter in basic Latin alphabet of ISO. Its English name is aitch (pronounced / ˈeɪtʃ /, plural aitches) or regional haitch.

The original Semitic letter Heth most likely represents the voiceless pharyngeal fricative (). The shape of the letter was probably a fence or posts.

The Greek eta “Η” in the Archaic Greek alphabets still represent / h / (later on it came represent a long vowel, / ɛː /). In this context, the letter eta is also known as heta to emphasize this fact. Thus, in the Old Italic alphabets, the letter heta of the Euboean alphabet is accepted with the initial sound value / h /.

While Etruscan and Latin had / h / as a phoneme, almost all Romance languages ​​lost their sound – later, Roman took over the / h / phoneme again from neighbouring Slavic languages, and Spanish developed a secondary / h / / f /, before losing it again; different Spanish dialects have developed as an allophone of / s / or / x / in most Spanish-speaking countries, and different dialects of Portuguese use it as an allophone of / ʀ /. ‘H’ is also used in many spelling and trigraph systems in digraphs, such as ‘ch,’ which represents / tʃ / in Spanish, Galician, Old Portuguese, and English, / ʃ / in French and modern Portuguese, / k / in Italian, French, and English, / x / in German, Czech, Polish, Slovak, a native English word and several borrowings in English and / ç / in German.


Name in English

For most English speakers, the letter name is pronounced as / eɪtʃ / and is spelled “aitch” or sometimes “eitch.” The pronunciation / heɪtʃ / and the associated spelling “haitch” are often considered the addition of hand are considered non-standard in England. However, this is a feature of Hiberno-English, as well as scattered varieties Edinburgh, England, and Welsh English, as well as in Australia and Nova Scotia.

The haitch pronunciation of h has spread in England, is used by about 24% of English people born in 1982, and polls continue to show this pronunciation is becoming more common among younger local speakers. Despite this growing number, the pronunciation without sound / h / is still considered standard in England, although the pronunciation with / h / is also attested as a legitimate variant.

Authorities do not agree with the history of the name of the letter. The Oxford English Dictionary says the original name of the letter in Latin; it became Vulgar Latin, passed into English through Old French, and was pronounced from Middle English. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language derives it from the French hache from the Latin haca or hic. Anatoly Liberman suggests a coincidence of two obsolete orderings of the alphabet, one with H, followed immediately by K and the other without any K: reciting the former’s H, K, L, as in the reinterpretation of the second, H, L, ar meant pronunciation for H.

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