guttural consonant


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Noun1.guttural consonant - a consonant articulated in the back of the mouth or throat
consonant - a speech sound that is not a vowel
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Artaud posits an essential connection between the body in pain and language through the very etymology of the term cruaute: from the proto-Indo-European krewe("raw flesh"), he retains the image of the "flayed man" (Selected Writings 506) in conjunction with the guttural consonant "k"--which Allen Weiss sees as the trademark of Artaud's glossolalia (153).
Artaud's writing confronts us with reams of vitriolic pronouncements against the ability of language to express thought; his later work becomes increasingly studded with clusters of syllables and guttural consonants that do not resemble known words and that dismantle the flow of an otherwise recognizable French.
The narrow range of vowel sounds and the paucity of vowel combinations (diphthongs), as well as the elimination of several guttural consonants have made the spoken language sound very monotone.