One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make (a speech sound) palatal, especially by changing a velar to a palatal by moving the point of contact between tongue and palate further forward in the mouth.‘the sound is palatalized in some dialects’
- ‘Such consonants are phonetically palatalized, and in the International Phonetic Alphabet they are indicated by a superscript 'j'.’
- ‘Palatalized and plain consonants do not contrast in words with non-pharyngeal vowels.’
- ‘It has the soft, palatalized value /s/ before e, i, y: cell, city, cite, cycle, fancy.’
- ‘Elsewhere, when followed by unstressed i and another vowel, t is commonly palatalized to produce the voiceless palato-alveolar fricative sh sound.’
- ‘These transformations have led, in fact, to some of the most distinguishing characteristics of the different branches of the IE family (e.g. the ‘soft’ palatalized consonants in the Slavic languages).’
- 1.1no object (of a speech sound) become palatal.‘the frontal allophone of ‘g’ appears to have palatalized first’
- ‘The view that it is these clusters that palatalized first is supported by Rumanian data.’
- ‘In reality k palatalized first into k@.’
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