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Palatalization is a process by which a consonant comes to be pronounced with the tongue against or near the hard palate. Between the time of the Indo-European break-up and Classical Greek, the Greek language underwent three separate palatalizations, contributing in no small part to the distinctive shape of Greek in general as well as to the differentiation of the Greek dialects from each other. The first palatalization, occurring before the Myc. period, affected all dialects, but only palatalized t and th before *y; a related process…

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Michael Ellsworth, “Palatalizations”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000405>
First published online: 2014

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