Palatal (definition)

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Palatal sounds cover to a wide range of places of articulation that include alveolar and postalveolar consonant. Such sounds are produced with the blade of the tongue touching or nearly touching the hard palate. The palatal sounds of English include [ʧ, ʤ, ʃ, ʒ, j]. The palatal sounds of Gaelic are [tʲʰ, tʲ, kʲʰ ,kʲ, ɲ, ʃ, ç, ʝ, lʲ, ɾʲ, j]. These sounds are considered coronal because of their fairly anterior place of articulation and the involvement of the tongue tip or blade rather than its body or root.

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  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Ladefoged, Peter (1993) A Course in Phonetics Third Edition. London: Harcourt Press.
  • Matthews, P. H. (1997) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.