|Phonemic representation||?, x, ?|
|Position in alphabet||8|
|Alphabetic derivatives of the Phoenician|
Heth originally represented a voiceless fricative, either pharyngeal /?/, or velar /x/. In Arabic, two corresponding letters were created for both phonemic sounds: unmodified ? represents /?/, while ? represents /x/.
The shape of the letter ?et ultimately goes back either to the Egyptian hieroglyph for 'courtyard':
(compare Hebrew ? ?ut of identical meaning.)
Possibly named ?asir in the Proto-Sinaitic script.
This letter is usually transcribed as ?, h with a dot underneath. In some romanization systems, a capital H is also used. The latter method has the advantage of being easy to type on a computer.
The letter is named and is the sixth letter of the alphabet. Its shape varies depending on its position in the word:
|Position in word:||Isolated||Final||Medial||Initial|
In Persian, it is , like ⟨?⟩ and the English h.
|Various print fonts||Cursive
Hebrew spelling: ?
In Modern Israeli Hebrew (and Ashkenazi Hebrew, although not under strict pronunciation), the letter ?et (?) usually has the sound value of a voiceless uvular fricative (/?/), as the historical phonemes of the letters ?et ? (/?/) and Khaf ? (/x/) merged, both becoming the voiceless uvular fricative (/?/).
In more rare phonologies, it is pronounced as a voiceless pharyngeal fricative (/?/) and is still among Mizrahi Jews (especially among the older generation and popular Mizrahi singers, mostly Yemenite Jews), in accordance with oriental Jewish traditions (see, e.g., Mizrahi Hebrew and Yemenite Hebrew).
The ability to pronounce the Arabic letter (?) correctly as a voiceless pharyngeal fricative /?/ is often used as a shibboleth to distinguish Arabic-speakers from non-Arabic-speakers; in particular, pronunciation of the letter as is seen as a hallmark of Ashkenazi Jews and Greek Jews.
?et is one of the few Hebrew consonants that can take a vowel at the end of a word. This occurs when patach gnuva comes under the ?et at the end of the word. The combination is then pronounced /-a?/ rather than /-?a/. For example (/?pa'tua?/), and ? (/?ta'pua?/).
?et, along with Aleph, Ayin, Resh, and He, cannot receive a dagesh. As pharyngeal fricatives are difficult for most English speakers to pronounce, loanwords are usually Anglicized to have /h/. Thus challah (), pronounced by native Hebrew speakers as /?ala/ or /?ala/ is pronounced /hal?/ by most English speakers, who cannot often perceive the difference between and .
In gematria, ?et represents the number eight.
|Unicode name||HEBREW LETTER HET||ARABIC LETTER HAH||SYRIAC LETTER HETH||SAMARITAN LETTER HIT|
|UTF-8||215 151||D7 97||216 173||D8 AD||220 154||DC 9A||224 160 135||E0 A0 87|
|Numeric character reference||ח||ח||ح||ح||ܚ||ܚ||ࠇ||ࠇ|
|Unicode name||UGARITIC LETTER HOTA||IMPERIAL ARAMAIC LETTER HETH||PHOENICIAN LETTER HET|
|UTF-8||240 144 142 136||F0 90 8E 88||240 144 161 135||F0 90 A1 87||240 144 164 135||F0 90 A4 87|
|UTF-16||55296 57224||D800 DF88||55298 56391||D802 DC47||55298 56583||D802 DD07|
|Numeric character reference||𐎈||𐎈||𐡇||𐡇||𐤇||𐤇|