palatalize

[pal-uh-tl-ahyz] Phonetics.
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:
1865–70; palatal + -ize

palatalization, noun
nonpalatalization, noun
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palatalize or palatalise (ˈpælətəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to pronounce (a speech sound) with the blade of the tongue touching the palate
 
palatalise or palatalise
 
vb
 
palatali'zation or palatalise
 
n
 
palatali'sation or palatalise
 
n

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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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Thus, palatalization does not necessarily need a front vowel, and palatalized vs.
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