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A palatal consonant is a consonant that is pronounced with the body (the middle part) of the tongue against the hard palate (which is the middle part of the roof of the mouth). There is only one palatal consonant in English which is [j], which is the sound for "y" in the English word "yes". The most common palatal consonant used in the world is [j].
Palatal consonant in IPA[change | edit source]
These are the palatal consonants in the International Phonetic Alphabet:
|voiceless palatal plosive||Hungarian||hattyú||[hɒcːuː]||swan|
|voiced palatal plosive||Latvian||ģimene||[ɟimene]||family|
|voiceless palatal fricative||German||nicht||[nɪçt]||not|
|voiced palatal fricative||Spanish||yema||[ʝema]||egg yolk|
|palatal lateral approximant||Italian||gli||[ʎi]||the (masculine plural)|
|voiced palatal implosive||Swahili||hujambo||[huʄambo]||hello|
|palatal click||Nǁng||ǂoo||[ǂoo]||man, male|