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  • noun A speech sound produced by a momentary complete closure of the glottis, followed by an explosive release, as in the middle of the interjection uh-oh or between the two i's in some pronunciations of Hawaii.

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  • noun phonetics A plosive sound articulated with the glottis.

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  • noun a stop consonant articulated by releasing pressure at the glottis; as in the sudden onset of a vowel


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  • A sound produced by the sudden opening or shutting of the glottis with an emission of breath or voice.

    Usage: 1877 SWEET Handbook of Phonetics II. 6 "The most familiar example of this ‘glottal catch’ is an ordinary cough." Also, 1888, same author, History of English Sounds 1 "The Glottal stop is produced by a sudden shutting or opening of the glottis, as in a cough."

    February 5, 2007

  • there's a gutteral stop in my throat.

    there's a gutteral stop in my throat.

    the wind comes in from far and wide.

    sands blow.

    grains collide.

    i'm changing inside.

    and there's a gutteral stop in my throat.

    ~The Extra Glenns

    March 5, 2007