Hi, I posted a message a little while ago about the Hebrew glottal stop, but I would like to know more. When exactly is the glottal stop realized in modern Hebrew? I believe it isn't pronounced / realized at the start of words, as it is only used as a placeholder for vowels, and there is no distinction between words beginning and not beginning with it. In what environments should it be pronounced, if it is at all? I have also seen it placed in awkward places, such as between consonants, would it be pronounced in this position? Also, when is ayin realized a glottal stop? Or is this simply ignored? Thanks for all your help!