Voiceless pharyngeal fricative
The voiceless pharyngeal fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is an h-bar, ⟨ħ⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is
X\. In the transcription of Arabic, Hebrew and a few other scripts, it is often written ⟨Ḥ⟩, ⟨ḥ⟩.
|Voiceless pharyngeal fricative|
Features of the voiceless pharyngeal fricative:
- Its manner of articulation is fricative, which means it is produced by constricting air flow through a narrow channel at the place of articulation, causing turbulence.
- Its place of articulation is pharyngeal, which means it is articulated with the tongue root against the back of the throat (the pharynx).
- Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
- It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
- It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.
- The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
This sound is the most commonly cited realization of the Semitic letter hēth, which occurs in all dialects of Arabic, Classical Syriac, as well as Biblical and Tiberian Hebrew but only a minority of speakers of Modern Hebrew. It has also been reconstructed as appearing in Ancient Egyptian, a related Afro-Asiatic language. Modern non-Oriental Hebrew has merged the voiceless pharyngeal fricative with the voiceless velar (or uvular) fricative. However, phonetic studies have shown that the so-called voiceless pharyngeal fricatives of Semitic languages are often neither pharyngeal (but rather epiglottal) nor fricatives (but rather approximants).
|Abkhaz||ҳара/khara||[ħaˈra]||'we'||See Abkhaz phonology|
|Arabic||حال/ḥal||[ħaːl] (help·info)||'situation'||See Arabic phonology|
|Assyrian||Western||ܡܫܝܚܐ mšìḳa||[mʃiːħɔ]||'Christ'||Corresponds with [x] in most other dialects.|
|Chechen||xьач / ẋaç||[ħatʃ] (help·info)||'plum'|
|English||Some speakers, mostly of Received Pronunciation||hat||[ħæʔt]||'hat'||Glottal [h] for other speakers. See English phonology|
|Galician||Some dialects||gato||[ˈħatʊ]||'cat'||Corresponds to /ɡ/ in other dialects. See gheada|
|Hebrew||חַשְׁמַל/chashemal||[ħaʃˈmal] (help·info)||'electricity'||Oriental dialects only. See Modern Hebrew phonology|
|Kurdish||Most speakers||ḧol||[ħol] (help·info)||'environment'||Corresponds to /h/ in some Kurdish dialects|
|Somali||xood||[ħoːd] (help·info)||'cane'||See Somali phonology|
|Ukrainian||нігті/nigti||[ˈnʲiħtʲi]||'fingernails'||Allophone of /ʕ/ (which may be transcribed /ɦ/) before voiceless consonants; can be fronted to [x] in some "weak positions". See Ukrainian phonology|
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- List of languages with [ħ] on PHOIBLE