LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||22/FEV/2007 10:39 PM|
|Assunto:||Nice to mee' you|
I'm sure you've already heard what we're talking about. It's just that I was unable to describe this phenomenon properly. It's not like the speaker just skips the 't'. Instead of pronouncing what I call regular 't', the speaker presses the vocal cords together very quickly to stop the air flow, and the releases it after a while. This is what we mean by "glottal stop". It's definitely different from not pronouncing the 't' at all.
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Type the expression "nice to meet you" onto the text field. I find the glottal stop more evident if you choose "Claire" as the speaker. If you choose "Audrey" as the speaker, however, the regular 't' becomes crystal clear and no glottal stop is heard. I wonder how much effort the programmers put on this piece of software...
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