Alveopalatals are consonants for which the flow of air is stopped or impeded by creating a block or a small aperture between the tongue and the region of the hard palate just behind the alveolar ridge. Alveopalatals may be voiced (vocal cords vibrating during the articulation of the consonant) or voiceless (vocal cords not vibrating during the articulation of the consonant). Here is a list of the alveopalatals in Present-Day English.

1. /c</ (the phoneme spelled ch in chip): voiceless alveopalatal affricate.
2. /j</ (the phoneme spelled g in gyp): voiced alveopalatal affricate.
3. /s</ (the phoneme spelled sh in shore): voiceless alveopalatal fricative.
4. /z</ (the phoneme spelled z in azure): voiced alveopalatal fricative.
5. /j/ (the phoneme spelled y in yard): (voiced) alveopalatal semivowel.


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