occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
epenthetic glottal stop
Sharp-eared Paul Carley spotted an interesting instance of epenthesis. To preserve the sound sample for some time, I recorded it for you to listen to. It's in an interview by BBC Radio 4 with Diane Abbott, Labour MP for HackneyNorth and Stoke Newington.
Paul found an epentheticglottal stop in the word also in this sentence of hers:
You can also serve - we also serve - we serve on the back benches.
Listen to the sound file:
This is a rather rare instance of epenthesis of a glottal plosive between /l/ and /s/.