Palatalization in Russian

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Palatalization is one of the biggest concerns in the Russian phonology. Palatalization is an articulation of a consonant in which the blade of the tongue moves toward the hard palate. For example, when the non-palatalized lateral approximant [l] sound of ‘лак’(‘lacquer’) is pronounced, the tip of the tongue presses up near the teeth and the central part of the tongue is low in the mouth. On the contrary, when the palatalized [l] in ‘лямка’ (‘sling’)is pronounced, the tip of thetongue presses up behind the upper teeth, and the blade and the central part of the tongue are raised towards the hard palate. There are several types of articulation observed in Russian, including velar palatalization, affricate palatalization, iotation and surface palatalization. The current paper focuses on the status of regressive palatalization in modern Russian
Palatalization in Russian
The articulation of almost every consonant in Russian comes in two forms, it can be either palatalized or non-palatalized. In Russian phonological works non-palatalized consonants are informally referred to as hard and palatalized are referred to as soft.
Palatalization is similar but not identical for sounds of different places of articulation. Though there are these minor differences, all palatalized consonants influence vowels in the same way. When a given articulation occurs in both palatalized and non-palatalized forms, that articulation can be said to be paired , or mutable , for palatalization (Timberlake, 2004).
Palatalization is contrastive in Russian, it can distinguish words. Compare: the initial voiceless dental plosive in [tomnɨj] ‘languid’ vs ‘[tʲɵmnɨj]’ ‘dark’, the final voiceless dental plosive in ‘[vɨpʲət]’ ‘drunk down’ vs ‘[vɨpʲətʲ]’ ‘to drink down’, the final voiceless labiodental fricative ‘[gɐtof]’ ‘ready’ vs ‘[gɐtofʲ]’ ‘prepare!’. Palatalized and…...

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