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    Glottal stop

    Hello,

    Is glottal stop used in American English?

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    Re: Glottal stop

    Are you asking if the term is used in AmE or if AmE speakers use glottal stops when speaking?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Glottal stop

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you asking ... if AmE speakers use glottal stops when speaking?
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    Re: Glottal stop

    The glottal stop is a critical phoneme in AmE. Paradoxically, few Americans are aware of this and we have no common way to write it.

    Only a glottal stop distinguishes common phrase pairs like "I can go" and "I can't go", much to the frustration of English learners trying to master the language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    we have no common way to write it.
    We often use an apostrophe in BrE.

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    Re: Glottal stop

    It's common in American English, and I didn't know that we don't know about it!

    I don't hear it in "can't," but it's loud and clear in "didn't"! (In parts of New England it's so strong it sounds like a hiccup. It's strongest in central Connecticut: DIH-ent.)
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    Re: Glottal stop

    Is it as strong as it is in some parts of the UK, where you will hear it in the middle of words like bottle and water?

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    Re: Glottal stop

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is it as strong as it is in some parts of the UK, where you will hear it in the middle of words like bottle and water?
    A friend who grew up in central Connecticut replaces central consonants with glottal stops quite often. I think she uses the typical American tongue flap consonant in those two words though.
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    Re: Glottal stop

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It's common in American English, and I didn't know that we don't know about it!

    I don't hear it in "can't," but it's loud and clear in "didn't"! (In parts of New England it's so strong it sounds like a hiccup. It's strongest in central Connecticut: DIH-ent.)
    A friend who lived alternately in central Connecticut and Florida (her parents owned one of the Connecticut resorts!) talks like that.

    The final phoneme in can't is usually a glottal stop. That's all that distinguishes I can do it! (spoken emphatically) from I can't do it!
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    Re: Glottal stop

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is it as strong as it is in some parts of the UK, where you will hear it in the middle of words like bottle and water?
    In central Connecticut, there's absolutely no T in bottle - just that hiccup. I hear it here in Maine and elsewhere sometimes, too, but it's not as common.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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