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Palatalization
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1. Introduction

Palatalization (èhuà 腭化) is recognized as one of the most commonly occurring synchronic and diachronic processes in languages of the world. Chinese is no exception. As a synchronic process, non-contrastive palatalization of dental sibilants is common throughout the southern varieties of Chinese. In northern and central varieties, pal…

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Zev HANDEL, “Palatalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000316>
First published online: 2015



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