Some Generalizations concerning Glottalic Consonants, Especially Implosives

  title={Some Generalizations concerning Glottalic Consonants, Especially Implosives},
  author={Joseph Harold Greenberg},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={123 - 145}
  • J. Greenberg
  • Published 1 April 1970
  • Linguistics
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
1.1. J. C. Catford, in a now classic paper (1939) distinguished two types of glottalic consonants: (1) ejectives (or explosives) involving the raising of the larynx and the subsequent expulsion of the air compressed in the supraglottal cavity, and (2) injectives (or implosives) utilizing the opposite mechanism of lowering the larynx, thus rarefying the air in the supraglottal cavity so that, on release of the oral closure, an ingressive flow of external air is immediately succeeded by egressive… 
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