Hans Wehr transliteration


The Hans Wehr transliteration system is a system for
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of the
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Arabic alphabet
into the
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Latin alphabet
used in the Hans Wehr dictionary (1952; in English 1961). The system was modified somewhat in the English editions. It is printed in lowercase
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. It marks some consonants using diacritics (
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macron below
, and
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) rather than
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, and writes long vowels with macrons. The transliteration of the Arabic alphabet: *
Hamza Hamza ( ar, همزة ') () is a letter in the Arabic alphabet, representing the glottal stop . Hamza is one of the 28 "full" letters and owes its existence to historical inconsistencies in the orthography, standard writing system. It is derived ...
() is represented as ʼ in the middle and at the end of a word. At the beginning of a word, it is not represented. * The '' tāʼ marbūṭa'' () is normally not represented, and words ending in it simply have a final ''-a''. It is, however, represented with a ''t'' when it is the ending of the first noun of an ''iḍāfa'' and with an ''h'' when it appears after a long ''ā''. * Native Arabic long vowels: ''ā ī ū'' * Long vowels in borrowed words: ''ē ō'' * Short vowels: ''fatḥa'' is represented as ''a'', ''kasra'' as ''i'' and ''ḍamma'' as ''u''. (see short vowel marks) * ''Wāw'' and ''yāʼ'' are represented as ''u'' and ''i'' after ''fatḥa'': ''ʻain'' "eye", ''yaum'' "day". * Non-standard Arabic consonants: ''p'' (), ''ž'' (), ''g'' () * ''Alif maqṣūra'' (): ''ā'' * ''Madda'' (): ''ā'' at the beginning of a word, ''ʼā'' in the middle or at the end * A final ''yāʼ'' (), the ''nisba'' adjective ending, is represented as ''ī'' normally, but as ''īy'' when the ending contains the third consonant of the root. This difference is not written in the Arabic. * Capitalization: The transliteration uses no capitals, even for proper names. * Definite article: The Arabic definite article is represented as ''al-'' except where assimilation (linguistics), assimilation occurs: ''al-'' + ''šams'' is transliterated ''aš-šams'' (see sun and moon letters). The ''a'' in ''al-'' is omitted after a final ''a'' (as in ''lamma šamla l-qatīʻ'' "to round up the herd") or changed to ''i'' after a feminine third person singular perfect verb form (as in ''kašafat il-ḥarbu ʻan sāqin'' "war flared up").

See also

* Romanization of Arabic (compare other systems, such as ALA-LC or DIN 31635) * Arabic phonology * Help:IPA/Arabic



*Wehr, Hans. ''Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic''. {{DEFAULTSORT:Hans Wehr Transliteration Romanization of Arabic