Mudcat Café message #1137073 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #67852   Message #1137073
Posted By: Lighter
15-Mar-04 - 11:50 AM
Thread Name: Any glottal stops down your way?
Subject: RE: Any glottal stops down your way?
Plenty of New Yorkers pronounce the words "bottle," "Italy," and some others with a glottal stop in place of the "t." Maybe the most commonly pronounced glottal stop in America occurs in the middle of "mountain."

Most any English word that starts with a vowel, when pronounced WITH EMPHASIS or IN ISOLATION FROM OTHER WORDS, will actually begin with a glottal stop. Try it.

When carefully pronounced, all German words beginning with a vowel start with a glottal stop.