Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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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 …

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Michael Ellsworth, “Palatalizations”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000405>
First published online: 2014

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