Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Wed Mar 12 14:18:25 PST 2003

In any phonetic senxe, "guttural" means 'referring to the throat'. A
gbguttural sound is one that's made in the throad. (I may have typos in
this message; I'm getting lousy response time from this ISP.) Examples
would be English /g, k, ng, h/, and, you might say even more so, Arabic
or Georgian /q, q'/. None of the sounds people have been describing here
as "guttural"  are particularly so. I suspect you guys mean something
like "inarticulate", hm?

Ah ha. Merriam-Webster OnLine sez:

> 1 : articulated in the throat <guttural sounds>
> 2 : VELAR [that's like /g, k, ng/]
> 3 : being or marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or

Were you-all thinking of #3?

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