from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To pronounce as or alter to a palatal sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make palatal; change from a guttural to a palatal pronunciation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Phon.) To modify, as the tones of the voice, by means of the palate

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb linguistics To pronounce a sound with the tongue against the palate of the mouth when that sound normally would not be so pronounced.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb 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?

    Language waves and the satem innovation in PIE

  • 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.

    Archive 2005-04-01


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