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Quoting Clint Jackson Baker <[log in to unmask]>:

> My final t's are always glottal stops--not only that,
> but sometimes they even get glottalized in the middle
> of words.

A glottal stop, or an unreleased alveolar stop? Many Americans
(including me) have the latter but not the former in words like
"bat", "cat", etc. The tongue makes contact with the alveolar
ridge -- it just does not release it.

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