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  1. Anonymous
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    interval of silence word

    I have a question about the words which contains a very brief interval of silence. Could you give an example of an English word, which, in normal speech, contains a very brief interval of silence, please?


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    The glottal stop, you mean? Eg. brea-k in AE?

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  2. Natalie27
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    The glottal stop, you mean? Eg. brea-k in AE?

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    I call that choking. Doesn't that sound like a piece of bone got caught in your throat or something????

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    Re: interval of silence word

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary
    I have a question about the words which contains a very brief interval of silence. Could you give an example of an English word, which, in normal speech, contains a very brief interval of silence, please?
    In addition, :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia Online Dictionary
    The glottal stop is the sound made when the vocal cords are pressed together, and is the sound in the middle of the interjection uh-oh. In many dialects of English, glottal stop is an allophone of /t/ in final position, such as the "t" in habit or pat.
    In some dialects, eg. Cockney, glottal stop is also an allophone of /t/ in medial position, such as in the word bottle or fatter.
    I'll use the symbol ' to represent a glottal stop:

    uh-oh => uh'oh
    habit => habi'
    pat => pa'

    bottle => bo'le
    fatter => fa'er

    All the best, :D

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