Heng is a letter of the Latin alphabet, derived from h combined with something similar to Eng.

It was used word-finally in early transcriptions of Mayan languages, where it may have represented an uvular fricative.

It is sometimes used to write Judeo-Tat.

It has been occasionally used by phonologists to represent a hypothetical phoneme in English, which includes both [h] and [ŋ] as its allophones. Normally /h/ and /ŋ/ are considered separate phonemes in English.

LATIN CAPITAL LETTER HENG () U+A726 or LATIN SMALL LETTER HENG () U+A727 are encoded in Latin Extended-D. A variant form, LATIN SMALL LETTER HENG WITH HOOK, is also encoded as part of the IPA Extensions block.


  • Chao, Yuen Ren (1934). "The non-uniqueness of phonemic solutions of phonetic systems". Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica 4 (4): 363–397.
  • Pullum, Geoffrey K.; Ladusaw, William A. (1996). Phonetic Symbol Guide. University of Chicago Press.

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