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glottalization (countable and uncountable, plural glottalizations)

  1. (phonology) 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.
  2. (phonology) Transformation of a consonant into a glottal stop or fricative.

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