Definition of palatalize in English:

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palatalize

Pronunciation: /ˈpalədlˌīz/

verb

[with object] Phonetics
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.
Example sentences
  • 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).
  • Elsewhere, when followed by unstressed i and another vowel, t is commonly palatalized to produce the voiceless palato-alveolar fricative sh sound.
  • Such consonants are phonetically palatalized, and in the International Phonetic Alphabet they are indicated by a superscript 'j'.
1.1 [no object] (Of a speech sound) become palatal.
Example sentences
  • In reality k palatalized first into k@.
  • The view that it is these clusters that palatalized first is supported by Rumanian data.

Derivatives

palatalization

Pronunciation: /ˌpaləd(ə)ləˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌpaləd(ə)lˌīˈzāSH(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Linguistically, palatalization is a phonological process in which a sound takes on a palatal place of articulation usually in assimilation to a neighboring palatal sound such as /i/ and /y/.
  • Investigation of the social distribution of palatalization shows that women's speeches reflect frequent and advanced palatalization, while men's do not.
  • For example, in Jamaican Creole the palatalization of /k/ and /g/ as in /kyar/ ‘car’ and /gwain/ ‘going’ were customary in some of the varieties of British English transported to Jamaica in the eighteenth century.

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Syllabification: pal·a·tal·ize

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