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palatal +‎ -ization or palatalize +‎ -ation. Earliest instance 1863 (palatalisation does already occur in 1862 in W. H. I. Bleek's A comparative grammar of South African languages. Part I. Phonology)


palatalization (countable and uncountable, plural palatalizations)

  1. (phonology, uncountable) The state or quality of being palatalized, of pronouncing a sound with the tongue against the palate of the mouth that normally is not.
    The word "nature" is commonly pronounced with a palatalization of the letter t to sound like ch.
  2. (phonology, countable) An instance of pronunciation in which a sound is palatalized.


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