Blogging from A to Z: G is for...Glottal Stop
One thing people pick up on is my pronunciation of certain words, particularly those with the double t in the middle: Butter - Buh-uhr. This is due to Scots using a Glottal Stop when pronouncing those words.
A glottal stop is a complete or partial closure of the glottis (vocal folds) creating a sound which is used instead of the actual sound of the letter. So in butter, instead of the hard "t" sound I use a glottal stop.
Americans also use glottal stops, but you just don't notice it. Don't think too hard about it...just say:
Did you make the t sounds or were they replaced with a constriction of the glottis and an interruption in air flow?
Did you say imPOR-unh? That's a glottal stop.
Say: Right now
Do you hear it? If you're replacing a consonant sound with what is basically an interruption in air flow through your vocal chords, you should notice, unless you're really concentrating and over-pronouncing.
So, now that I've got you thinking about it, you'll be talking weird for a while...
That was G in the A to Z Blog Challenge. Come back tomorrow for H. And in the meantime go to http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ and check out some of the other bloggers.