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The glottal stop in Harari

The article deals with the problem of the phonetic status of the glottal stop in Harari (Southern Ethiopian Semitic). Special attention is paid to the opposition between the glottal stop and zero, which is the key aspect of the problem under investigation. The behavior of the glottal stop in various positions in a word is analyzed, minimal pairs illustrating the contrast between the glottal stop and other consonants (as well as 0) are presented, and the paradigmatically significant oppositions are investigated.