glottal catch
Definition - A speech sound that is made by closing the vocal cords and then releasing them.

Example -
A cough is a type of glottal catch.

Etymology -
The word glottal derives from the Greek glottis, mouth of the windpipe (from glotta, the Attic dialect variant of glossa, tongue).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1877:
"The most familiar example of this ‘glottal catch’ is an ordinary cough."
(Sweet Handbk. Phonetics ii. 6 )



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