from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pronounce as or alter to a palatal sound.
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- v. To pronounce a sound with the tongue against the palate of the mouth when that sound normally would not be so pronounced.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To modify, as the tones of the voice, by means of the palate
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make palatal; change from a guttural to a palatal pronunciation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate
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Even if we reinterpret IE *ḱ and *k as I suggested earlier, a question still remains: Why did Satem dialects choose to push PIE's plain *k forward and palatalize it instead of the simpler option, to merge *k and *ḱ together as plain stops?
Soon, though, you begin to recognize that the words you don't understand are in fact English: They palatalize the short e and a when they're in a stressed syllable.