Why does Hebrew use the same letter to represent two different sounds: shin and sin? As far as I know, with the exception of when using a dagesh kal, no other Hebrew letter has this property.
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http://ancient-hebrew.org/36_creation.html , which I realize a lot of people would not consider authoritive has this idea:
So same form for the two sounds, just change the dot position to show if you should be breathing in or out for the sound.