The symbol is a letter of the Latin alphabet
, used to represent a glottal stop
in several phonetic transcription
schemes, as well as in the alphabets of some languages. A superscript
version, , is also used.
Its shape is based on an enlarged curly apostrophe
‹’›, which is also widely used to represent a glottal stop.
Where the glottal stop character is not available, it is sometimes replaced by a question mark
(?), which is also its official representation in SAMPA
, and to which it bears a striking resemblance.
In phonetic transcription as well as in several languages, a single, tall glyph
is used in all situations, with no distinction between uppercase and lowercase. However, in the Chipewyan
, and Slavey
languages, the tall version is only used for the uppercase, and a short version is used for the lowercase.
1.0, only the tall version and superscript version were included. In version 4.1 (2005), an uppercase character was added, and the existing tall glottal stop was redefined as... Read More