From: E. Bashir (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Nov 19 2005 - 15:14:01 CST
The glottal stop is a plosive consonant. It has a
distinct IPA symbol which looks somewhat like a
"quetion mark". Check the IPA site for its exact
--- Richard Wordingham
> Dr.James Austin wrote:
> > Kenneth Whistler has two points we must agree
> with, really.
> > (1) whereas there are the expressions like
> 'glottal stop' , 'glottal
> > sound',
> > there really is no such speech sound. A speech
> sound must be either a
> > vocoid
> > (go by a vowel letter), or a contoid (go by a
> consonant letter) For a
> > sound
> > element to be qualified as a speech sound it must
> be 'combinable' with
> > other
> > sounds-vowels and consonants, and, occur in the
> beginning, middle and end
> > of
> > (some) words.For a consonant to be, a certain
> point of tongue must
> > approximate/contact a certain point on the roof of
> the mouth.Where does
> > the
> > glottis sit? It is inaccessible to the tongue.
> > 'Glottal speech sound' is a misnomer, and
> represents a phantasy.
> I believe /h/, /p/ and /b/, /f/ and /v/ are also
> consonants, but the tongue
> is not involved in their production. The production
> of 'th' of English
> 'think' does not involve any part of the roof of the
> If the glottal stop is a phantasy, it is a common
> enough one that in this
> context it must be treated as reality. Actually, I
> think the explosion of
> the glottal stop may be distinctly audible.
> > Can you 'utter' an apostrophe independantly? Or
> combined with just any one
> > of the vowels?
> Aleph/alif is the prototypical glottal stop letter.
> Glottal stop is common
> enough as a final consonant in Estuarine English,
> inni'? Glottal stop
> occurs initially, intervocally and finally in Thai -
> I can't vouch for final
> position in Arabic.
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