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
pronouncea sound with the tongue against the palateof 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?
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.