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Dzs is the eighth letter, and only trigraph, of the Hungarian alphabet. Its name is pronounced [dʒeː], and represents the sounds [d͡ʒ] and [dː͡ʒ].

History

Dz and dzs were recognized as individual letters in the 11th edition of Hungarian orthography (1984).[1] Prior to that, they were analyzed as two-letter combinations d+z and d+zs.

Length

In several words, it is pronounced long, e.g.

in other ones, short, e.g.

It is short without exception:

It is not usually doubled even when it is pronounced long, except when a word with this sound has an assimilated suffix: bridzs + dzsel: briddzsel (with the bridge game).

Usage

Usage of this letter is similar to in Slovak or Czech. In Hungarian, even though these three characters are put together to make a different sound, they are considered one letter, and even acronyms keep the letter intact. As one can see from the examples above and below, it is almost exclusively used in foreign loanwords, to represent the voiced postalveolar affricate (j/soft g in English).

Examples

The following are Hungarian loanwords (mostly taken from English) using the trigraph dzs:

See also

References