Turkish palatalization

Turkish has at least two different sound alternations that have been described as forms of palatalization:

  • An alternation among the Dorsal stops, in which the velars [k g] alternate with the palatals [c ɟ].
  • A lateral alternation, in which the velarized alveolar liquid [l] alternates with a non-velarized liquid transcribed in many sources as [lɟ].

Each of these sound phenomena is discusssed in turn below. Since the discussion in this module is quite long, we have created a number of links that you should visit in sequence. However, you may visit the spectrograms at any point.

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