Clicks


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Clicks

 

clicking consonants which are accompanied by simultaneous oral and glottal stops. The larynx lowers to reduce air pressure, and in the resultant cavity a current of air created by relaxing the oral closure is directed inward, exploding the glottal stop. Clicks are encountered in a number of southern African languages.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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