One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to the palate.‘a palatal lesion’
- ‘Lesions may also affect the palate, pharynx, and larynx, causing palatal dysfunction, dysphagia, dysphonia, and aspiration.’
- ‘If the infant will require intubation for greater than 7 days, consider use of palate plate to prevent formation of a palatal groove.’
- ‘The lesion was distal and palatal to the maxillary left second molar, which was vital.’
- ‘It may present clinically as a fluctuant buccal or palatal swelling, with or without a draining fistula.’
- ‘Infectious mononucleosis should be suspected and a diagnostic evaluation obtained in febrile patients who have sore throat plus splenomegaly, palatal petechiae, or posterior, axillary, or inguinal adenopathy.’
- 1.1Phonetics (of a speech sound) made by placing the blade of the tongue against or near the hard palate (e.g. y in yes).
- ‘However, once the native English began to learn their masters' language they adjusted it to suit their own speech-habits; since English then as now lacked the palatal sound of French gn, it was simplified to n, so that vigne became vine.’
- ‘In the International Phonetic Alphabet, < c > represents a voiceless palatal stop, < q > a voiceless uvular stop.’
- ‘Modern Portuguese is characterized by an abundance of sibilant and palatal consonants and a broad spectrum of vowel sounds.’
- ‘It is commonly a relic of a velar or palatal fricative that is preserved as a velar fricative.’
- ‘His spelling of tree and leg shows that the Proto-Athabaskan velars had not yet become palatal affricates, as they soon thereafter did.’
A palatal sound.
- ‘The problem with this is that these languages display palatals in the vicinity of both front and back vowels, and even before other consonants.’
- ‘Serbian has a fairly extensive set of palatals and three sets of affricates.’
Early 18th century: from French, from Latin palatum (see palate).
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