Definition of glottal stop in English:

glottal stop


  • 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.

    • ‘Phoneticians disagree as to whether the glottal stop precedes or follows the consonant.’
    • ‘The true meaning of the glottal stop could be found on Upper Street with a quarter of a million people singing: ‘We are unbea-able!’’
    • ‘Most English speakers find it difficult to articulate a vowel without the support of an initial consonant, the default being the glottal stop.’
    • ‘The glottal stop earns its own chapter, being such a dialectic phenomenon.’
    • ‘In English, lots of people would pronounce witness with a glottal stop right before the [n].’
    • ‘He is Scottish at a time when it is no longer a disadvantage to have a glottal stop and a colourful vocabulary.’
    • ‘Unlike the other Scandinavian languages, Danish makes use of the guttural ‘r’ and the glottal stop.’
    • ‘No previous knowledge is required, although familiarity with the glottal stop and tolerance of torrential profanity is a necessity.’
    • ‘In English, words that would otherwise begin with a vowel have a glottal stop inserted.’
    • ‘In many urban dialects of British English, however, glottal stops are more widely used, particularly by younger working-class speakers in London, Glasgow, etc.’
    • ‘Let's imagine a language that adds glottal stops to beginnings of words if they start with vowels, and deletes final vowels.’
    • ‘An apostrophe called a glottal stop (’) represents a space and a slight pause.’
    • ‘This brief disruption of the pitch is a sign of some kind of glottal stricture, short of a full glottal stop.’
    • ‘Not only is the glottal stop in the ascendancy in its former stamping-ground, but it is spreading eastwards to assault the tender eardrums of well-heeled Edinburghers.’
    • ‘The most common ‘offences’ are the glottal stop, where the t's and d's are dropped from the end of words, and the distortion of vowel sounds.’
    • ‘She talks in an aggressive estuary accent, liberally dotted with glottal stops.’
    • ‘It's a very short syllable, almost a grunt, and the final /t/ tends to vanish into a glottal stop.’


glottal stop

/ˌɡlɒtəl ˈstɒp/