type of consonantal sound used in many spoken languages, produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract or, more precisely, the glottis
The glottal stop (or plosive) is a type of consonant sound used in many spoken languages. It is made by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract or glottis.
- Example: Say the word "glottal" speedily without the tt: glo'ul.
- Another example: Say "butter" without the "t" sound.
Some languages use a special sign in writing if they have glottal stop in normal speech.