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glottal stop

a plosive speech sound produced by complete closure of the glottis followed by sudden release of the breath stream. Although this is a standard speech sound in some languages, in English it occurs mostly in certain dialects, as in the Cockney pronunciation of the t in daughter, or in certain words “loaned” from other languages, such as the native pronunciation of Hawai‘i, in which the stop is indicated by the single quote.

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Psychology term of the day

May 26th 2024



n. ending a session in psychotherapy or counseling. Approaches to closing vary among therapists: Some allow the client to initiate the end of the session; others initiate it themselves.