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Emma Stone tries to replicate it here.

It's not a glottal stop; the t is definitely being pronounced in the mouth and not the throat. It's almost exclusively used when a "t" sound is immediately followed by an "l" sound. Bottle, little, mental.

When I try to reproduce it, I'm using my full tongue to seal the top of my mouth, letting a bit of air fill that pocket and then -- leaving the front of my tongue pressed against the alveolar ridge -- letting the air pop out of the sides of my tongue to create a "click." Come to think of it, the speakers who pronounce "tl" this way also produce a similar sound for the "cl" of words like "click" itself.

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  • I don't hear any clicky sound. Tle is common in English.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 6 at 23:01
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    I'm aware, but there is a distinctly British way to pronounce it. user6726 had what I was looking for. Here's a native British English speaker going over the difference: youtube.com/live/b0rHMFly7_4?t=2439&si=VyJEh_XiT8vqYjXf
    – keaek
    Commented Jan 7 at 6:40

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This is what's known as a lateral release, transcribed as [tˡ].

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  • That's it! Oh my god, I was going crazy looking for this. Thanks very much :)
    – keaek
    Commented Jan 7 at 6:42

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