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The production of a speech sound by narrowing of the glottis or compression of the vocal cords, resulting in creaky voice, ejective pronunciation, or other phonological changes.

glot′tal·ize′ v.
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Although there is no experimental evidence, it is claimed that speakers who glottalize in words like prints also glottalize in words like prince (at least in British RP, but perhaps not in American English [Gussenhoven and Jacobs 1998]).