glottal stop

From: William J Poser (
Date: Thu May 10 2007 - 14:36:26 CDT

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    A nice example of the problems created by using apostrophe
    for glottal stop (and glottalization of the preceding consonant)
    is found in Carrier. This convention was introduced in the days
    of typewriters, when apostrophe and right single quote were the same.
    MS Word and other word processors, however, are prone to think that
    the Carrier glottal stop/glottalization marker is an abstract
    single quote and to translate the user's input into a right single
    quote or even worse, if it is odd-numbered, a left single quote.
    This results in some very peculiar-looking text, where word-initial
    glottal stop (which for grammatical reasons is very common in Carrier)
    looks like the beginning of a quotation.

    Chris Harvey is right to point out that people originally had in
    mind something that looked just like an apostrophe and therefore
    may not be happy with the use of U+02BC. Carrier people identify
    the apostrophe and the glottalization marker to the extent that
    many of them use "glottal" as the name for "apostrophe". They
    will spell out a word like "dog's" as "dee-oh-gee-glottal-ess".
    On the other hand, given the range of realizations of "apostrophe"
    already found, which now includes left single quote, I suspect that
    in many cases they will be perfectly happy with it since the
    appearance of the glottal stop/glottalization marker will become
    less variable.


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