Definition of glottal stop in English:

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glottal stop

Pronunciation: /ˌɡlɒtəl ˈstɒp/

noun

A consonant formed by the audible release of the airstream after complete closure of the glottis. It is widespread in some non-standard English accents and in some other languages, such as Arabic, it is a standard consonant.
Example sentences
  • Most English speakers find it difficult to articulate a vowel without the support of an initial consonant, the default being the glottal stop.
  • Let's imagine a language that adds glottal stops to beginnings of words if they start with vowels, and deletes final vowels.
  • In English, words that would otherwise begin with a vowel have a glottal stop inserted.
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