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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(11.) 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.