It sounds like one to me but I'm not sure regarding how it is made. I noticed that when I consciously try to close my glottis the glottal stop is much more soft while when I don't think about closing and instead think about coughing it gets much louder, as you hear in the recording. I don't know what volume we can reach with a true glottal stop but for some reason I think I'd get more noise if tightning each cord agaisnt itself instead of themselves. That by the way is what I think I'm doing.


  • The link is asking me to download some commercial software. – fdb Mar 9 '19 at 0:33
  • vocaroo is a fairly common sharing site. I don't know how trustworthy it is, actually, but it played the sound in the browser last time I checked years ago. – vectory Mar 9 '19 at 0:56
  • In my phone it plays in the browser without installing anything. – Duarte Alfonso Martin Mar 9 '19 at 15:16

This isn't a speech sound, so not a glottal stop or anything like it. It sounds like what happens when you thwack your adams apple with your finger, with your glottis closed and mouth open. If you have just a glottal stop, there's no sound at all, so at the minimum you would need something leading into the glottal stop (then slam the vocal folds shut, no release). A "release" would be some very short vowel-like sound (turbulence from the sudden rush of air through the glottis), and would resemble whatever vowel came before it.

It is possible that such a release feature exists in some languages, because there are reports of "glottally interrupted" vowels of the type [VʔV̆], with a very short echo vowel after the glottal stop. This article on Chuxnabán Mixe discusses this, and provides samples (in this case, the "echo" is relatively long compared to examples that I've heard elsewhere).

  • It is. Did you try using another browser? – Duarte Alfonso Martin Mar 9 '19 at 15:19
  • @user6726, I can't cite the page, but Ladefoged et al (2010) says a released glottal stop is like a plosive. Also, sound chains that suposedly have a glottal stop in them, like those in Hawaiian, sometimes have that small plosive sound that is much similar to mine but softer. – Duarte Alfonso Martin Mar 9 '19 at 15:24

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