A general term for sounds made in or near the throat, such as the velar fricative in German Achtung
and ScoE loch
, the uvular r
in Parisian French derrière
, and the pharyngeal ARABIC
sounds known as 'ayn
. The term is imprecise and little used by phoneticians. It is often used loosely when describing English spoken with a ‘throaty’ foreign ACCENT
: ‘ “I had some criticisms of my own education,” he said in his slow guttural, uncompromised by 50 years of living and working in the USA’ (referring to Bruno Bettelheim, Observer
, 6 Sept. 1987). See BURR
(of a speech sound) produced in the throat; harsh-sounding.
(of a manner of speech) characterized by the use of such sounds:
his parents' guttural central European accent.
a guttural consonant (e.g., k, g) or other speech sound.
pert. to the throat. XVI. — F. guttural
or modL. gutturālis
, f. guttur
throat; see -AL1