palatalization

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

palatal +‎ -ization or palatalize +‎ -ation. Earliest instance 1863.

Noun[edit]

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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