palatal

palatal

[pal-uh-tl]
adjective
1.
Anatomy. of or pertaining to the palate.
2.
Phonetics. articulated with the blade of the tongue held close to or touching the hard palate.
noun
3.
Phonetics. a palatal consonant.

Origin:
1820–30; < French; see palate, -al1

palatalism, palatality, noun
palatally, adverb
nonpalatal, adjective, noun
prepalatal, adjective
unpalatal, adjective
unpalatally, adverb
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palatal (ˈpælətəl)
 
adj
1.  Also called: palatine of or relating to the palate
2.  phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a speech sound articulated with the blade of the tongue touching the hard palate
 
n
3.  Also called: palatine the bony plate that forms the palate
4.  phonetics a palatal speech sound, such as the semivowel (j)
 
'palatally
 
adv

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palatal pal·a·tal (pāl'ə-təl)
adj.
Palatine.

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palatal

in phonetics, a consonant sound produced by raising the blade, or front, of the tongue toward or against the hard palate just behind the alveolar ridge (the gums). The German ch sound in ich and the French gn (pronounced ny) in agneau are palatal consonants. English has no purely palatal consonants, except for the y sound (a semivowel) in "you." (The sh sound in "ship" and the zh sound represented as z in "azure" are usually classified as palato-alveolar sounds.

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