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palatalize Line breaks: pal¦at¦al|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈpalətəlʌɪz/
(also palatalise)

Definition of palatalize in English:


[with object] Phonetics
Make (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
More 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'.


Pronunciation: /ˌpalətəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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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