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    Glottal T sounds stupid

    "If there is a vowel sound, /t/, vowel sound (...) it sounds, I'm just gonna say, it sounds stupid."


    I'm wondering why he thinks it sounds stupid. Isn't it one of the features of the Cockney Accent?

    The word Cockney has had a pejorative connotation, originally deriving from cokenay, or cokeney, a late Middle English word of the 14th century that meant, literally, “cocks’ egg” (i.e., a small or defective egg, imagined to come from a rooster—which, of course, cannot produce eggs). That negative sense gave rise to Cockney’s being used to mean “milksop” or “cockered child” (a pampered or spoiled child). The word was later applied to a town resident who was regarded as either affected or puny.
    Or maybe because it is one.

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    Re: Glottal T sounds stupid

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    I'm wondering why he thinks it sounds stupid.
    Good question. Possibly just because he doesn't happen to speak like that himself. Or quite possibly because he associates that particular form with a speech community (or speech communities) that he has certain prejudices toward. He possibly thinks that members of these particular speech communities sound stupid generally, possibly because he thinks they are stupid. I don't know.

    Isn't it one of the features of the Cockney Accent?
    Yes. Cockney is one among several.

    Or maybe because it is one.
    I don't follow.



    Edit: Although I do not think that this particular way of pronouncing sounds stupid, I do agree generally with him that learners should not try to adopt it.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 04-Jun-2019 at 23:31.

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    Re: Glottal T sounds stupid

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    Or maybe because it is one.
    I meant "Or maybe he thinks so because it is one of the features of Cockney"
    But I think I'm projecting too much now.

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    Re: Glottal T sounds stupid

    [I]t is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman despise him.
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