T Glottalization

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  5. Glottalization definition is — the act of glottalizing. You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary. Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America’s largest dictionary, with:. More than 250,000 words that aren’t in our free dictionary.
  6. Glottalization (countable and uncountable, plural glottalizations) The act or process of constricting or closing the glottis during the production of a speech sound that normally does not involve such constriction. Examples of glottalization include creaky voice, and the interrupted tones of Vietnamese.
  7. T-glottalization is a phonological process in many varieties of English that realizes /t/ as a glottal stop in certain positions. In this study, a perceptual experiment is used to explain why t-glottalization targets /t/ to the exclusion of other English stops, and why it targets the phonological positions that it does.

As others have said, t-glottalization is common in the U.S. Before syllabic N. Baby boomer, and I use a glottal stop in the first T of important, and in the T in Clinton.

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T glottalizationPosted by deeprig9 on 6/20/20 at 12:33 pm

Have yall also noticed girls and women doing this alot more? I started noticing about 6 months ago but just found a term for it today.
Vocal disfluency
Seems to be going mainstream for no apparent reason. I have noticed it more among lefty women.

re: T glottalizationPosted by LSUJML on 6/20/20 at 12:34 pm to deeprig9

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re: T glottalizationPosted by dbeck on 6/20/20 at 12:42 pm to deeprig9

T glottalization

Yeah it’s so much worse than S glottalization like in the south, ittin it?

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re: T glottalizationPosted by High C on 6/20/20 at 12:56 pm to deeprig9

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re: T glottalizationPosted by Sun God on 6/20/20 at 12:57 pm to deeprig9

Not Pronouncing T In Button

Is this a race thing?
It seems like a race thing

re: T glottalizationPosted by T on 6/20/20 at 1:44 pm to deeprig9

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re: T glottalizationPosted by deeprig9 on 6/20/20 at 1:44 pm to Sun God

I have noticed it with white women in particular, t glot has been part of black vernacular for ages. It’s recent I have noticed with adult white women who used to not drop so many t’s.

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NEW VIDEO: What is a glottal stop?

Do you know about glottalising? Ever heard of the glottal T? Do you know if and when you should use it? In this video, this is exactly what I’m going to help you with.

What is a glottal stop?

I’m making this video for a subscriber, so it’s worth leaving a comment as I could be making a video especially for you.

So, what is a glottal stop? A glottal stop is made when the vocal folds close completely and then, depending on whether it is followed by another syllable, they release apart suddenly, letting out a burst of sound. It is similar to when clearing your throat or coughing, except that it is slightly gentler.

In British English, you hear many speakers using it to replace a T sound, but they tend to do this in one of two situations:

End of a word

Firstly, at the end of a word, as in:

  • that hat hot

Part of a weak syllable

Secondly, as part of the weak syllable. If you’re not sure what I mean by weak syllable, here’s a link to another video that I made about syllables.

So in a word like ‘water’, the ‘ter’ is the weak syllable, and because the ‘t’ is part of that syllable, some British English speakers would glottalise it, so ‘water’ becomes ‘water’. It’s the same for ‘better’ and ‘letter’.

And in a word like potato the first ’t’ is part of the stressed syllable, so it would be pronounced as a ‘t’, but the second ’t’ can be a glottal — ‘potato’.

Should I use the glottal stop?

Now, it is neither correct or incorrect to use a glottal stop, because we have such a broad variation of accents in the UK, and they use it to varying degrees.

What is true, is that the more passionate or clear a speaker needs to be, the more likely they are to pronounce these words with ’t’ sounds, so ‘that’ becomes ‘that’, and ’better’ becomes ‘better’.

Do RP speakers use the glottal stop?


It is also true, that pronouncing a ’t’ in these positions is often associated with RP speakers and historically with the middle and middle-upper classes. Nowadays, glottalising is much more widespread, even among RP speakers, although they tend only to use it at the ends of words.

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I can’t tell you what you should do. Personally I like pronouncing the ’t’ sounds in these positions, although I glottalise from time to time, especially in more relaxed circumstances.

So, I hope that answers the question about what is a glottal stop. Do you want to start working on your pronunciation? Click on any of the free training resources below to get you started:

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