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Thread #67852   Message #1136344
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
14-Mar-04 - 04:56 PM
Thread Name: Any glottal stops down your way?
Subject: Any glottal stops down your way?
For sone bizarre reason I started thinking about glottal stops, and wondering where they crop up in other parts of the world. It started because I was going to buy something at a shop called "Matalan", and it occurred to me that most people round Harlow would be likel;y to call it "Ma'a-lan".

I looked up a definition: "A glottal stop is a speech sound articulated by a momentary, complete closing of the glottis in the back of the throat. Glottal stops occur in many languages and usually pattern as consonants."

Which makes it all sound very difficult, and I started speculating whether people in places where they don't use them find hard or not. Maybe they are like the Xhosa clicks which most people who don't speak Xhosa find impossible to articulate.

So where are they a normal part of daily language, and where aren't they? The Mudcat is about the only place you could ask a daft question like that and hope to get at least some real answers.