Creaky-voiced glottal approximant
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|Creaky-voiced glottal approximant|
The creaky-voiced glottal approximant is a consonant sound in some languages. In the IPA it is transcribed as ⟨ʔ̞⟩ or ⟨ʔ̰⟩. It involves tension in the glottis and diminution of airflow compared to surrounding vowels, but not full occlusion. It is an intervocalic allophone of a glottal stop in many languages. It is only reported to be contrastive in Gimi, where it behaves phonologically as the voiced equivalent of the glottal stop /ʔ/.