It has the soft, palatalized value /s/ before e, i, y: cell, city, cite, cycle, fancy.
The view that it is these clusters that palatalized first is supported by Rumanian data.
For example, in Jamaican Creole the palatalization of /k/ and /g/ as in /kyar/ ‘car’ and /gwain/ ‘going’ were customary in some of the varieties of British English transported to Jamaica in the eighteenth century.
Palatalization inhibited across phrase boundaries, and palatalization at word boundaries provides syntactic boundary cues to speakers of American English.
In reality k palatalized first into k@.
Palatalized and plain consonants do not contrast in words with non-pharyngeal vowels.
Linguistically, palatalization is a phonological process in which a sound takes on a palatal place of articulation usually in assimilation to a neighboring palatal sound such as /i/ and /y/.
Investigation of the social distribution of palatalization shows that women's speeches reflect frequent and advanced palatalization , while men's do not.
The phenomenon of palatalization is the single most important phonetic phenomenon of the Modern Greek language.
These transformations have led, in fact, to some of the most distinguishing characteristics of the different branches of the IE family (e.g. the ‘soft’ palatalized consonants in the Slavic languages).