What's your name? => wha[chur] name?Originally Posted by Emily
[t] combines with [y] and produces [ch], giving [chur], as in church. That sound process is called Palatalization, pa-la-tal-i-za-tion. That term comes from the name of the sound [ch], which is a voiceless palatal fricative.
Another example of Palatalization is the greeting, Nice to meet you:
Nice to meet you => Nice to mee[ch]u. (Palatalization)
New York => [nu:] york or [nyu:] york ([ny] is called a palatal nasal sound)Originally Posted by Emily
The sound change whereby [n] is pronounced as [ny] is called Palatalization. In this case, however, [n] doesn't combine with [y]--rather, [n] assimilates to the quality of the vowel [u], which is a high front vowel. Both [u] and [ch] are classified as [+high]. That is, in order to produce those sounds, you need to raise your tongue upward to the palate or roof of your mouth, and so that's why they are classifies as [+high].
Russian is an example of a language that has palatalized sounds, as are native American languages, as well as the languages spoken in Brazil.