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Thread #67852   Message #1137704
Posted By: Stephen R.
16-Mar-04 - 01:17 AM
Thread Name: Any glottal stops down your way?
Subject: RE: Any glottal stops down your way?
No, it isn't right that classical Arabic lacks the glottal stop. It has glottal stops; the difference is that some colloquial dialects also substitute the glottal stop for other consonants, and that isn't classical.

Mark is right that properly the apostrophe is reversed in Hawaiian, but this will confuse you Arabists out there, because in romanizing Arabic the straight-ahead apostrophe is written for the hamzah (glottal stop) and the bass-ackwards one for the letter 'ain. If you think the glottal stop is fun, you will love 'ain; you make it be pulling the root of your tongue as far back toward the back of your head as you can and then trying to say something. If you practice it in public, someone will probably perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre on you.

Stephen