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palatalize

[pal-uh-tl-ahyz] /ˈpæl ə tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), palatalized, palatalizing.
1.
to articulate (a consonant other than a normal palatal) as a palatal or with relatively more contact between the blade of the tongue and the hard palate, as in certain pronunciations of the l- sound in million.
verb (used without object), palatalized, palatalizing.
2.
(of a consonant) to undergo palatalization.
Also, especially British, palatalise.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; palatal + -ize
Related forms
palatalization, noun
nonpalatalization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palatalization

palatalize

/ˈpælətəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to pronounce (a speech sound) with the blade of the tongue touching the palate
Derived Forms
palatalization, palatalisation, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for palatalization

in phonetics, the production of consonants with the blade, or front, of the tongue drawn up farther toward the roof of the mouth (hard palate) than in their normal pronunciation. Palatalized consonants in Russian are pronounced as if attempting simultaneously to pronounce a particular consonant and a y sound; in English, the ny in "canyon" approximates a palatalized sound. Palatalized consonants may be distinguished from palatal consonants, in which the front of the tongue and the hard palate form the primary articulation

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