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    Hi,

    What is referred as a Glottal Stop? Which English Accent has glottal stops and what is their relevance?

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    Default Re: Glottal Stop

    It's when you stop and then "explode" air from the opening between your tongue and throat, creating a staccato sound like an mp3 skipping.

    Many British accents use it in place of a [t].

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    Default Re: Glottal Stop

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    What is referred as a Glottal Stop? Which English Accent has glottal stops and what is their relevance?

    Thanks
    If you know how Uh-oh! is said in English, the first 'h' is a glottal stop.
    It's the most 'back' stop. The English unvoiced stops are are /p, t, k, ʔ/

    Actually konungursvia is probably describing a pharyngeal stop, which doesn't occur in English (but I think it does in Arabic, or maybe that's the uvular stop in the diagram below).
    A glottal stop is formed by closing your glottis (voicebox) - it doesn't involve the tongue or pharyngeal wall. If you start a word with a glottal stop, it sounds like a cough, depending on the amount of aspiration you use.

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    Default Re: Glottal Stop

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you know how Uh-oh! is said in English, the first 'h' is a glottal stop.
    It's the most 'back' stop. The English unvoiced stops are are /p, t, k, ʔ/

    Actually konungursvia is probably describing a pharyngeal stop, which doesn't occur in English (but I think it does in Arabic, or maybe that's the uvular stop in the diagram below).
    A glottal stop is formed by closing your glottis (voicebox) - it doesn't involve the tongue or pharyngeal wall. If you start a word with a glottal stop, it sounds like a cough, depending on the amount of aspiration you use.

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    Yes, that's right. I shouldn't have said it was the tongue.

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    Default Re: Glottal Stop

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Many British accents use it in place of a [t].
    Increasingly

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