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    The glottal stop is commonly heard in English in this expression uh-uh, meaning 'no'. The two vowels in this utterance are each preceded by a momentary closing of the airstream at the glottis.
    Does this mean the momentary closing of the airsteam at the glottis takes place before or after the vowels?

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    Before for me.

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    It's [?@?@], where ? = glottal stop, and @=the vowel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaraKiriBlade View Post
    Does this mean the momentary closing of the airsteam at the glottis takes place before or after the vowels?
    Before. The word is preceded. The word is commonly misspelt 'proceeded' (I was just reading this in another thread; I won't cite the author, to spare his blushes. The misspelling probably accounts for the confusion; I don't know of any word with the prefix 'pre-' that denotes an action occurring after another.)

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    If after the vowel, it'd be the hiccups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... to spare his blushes.
    And [her] blushes.

    ďI hold that a man has as much right to spell a word as it is pronounced as he has to pronounce it the way it ain't spelledĒ~ Josh Billings

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