This chapter reviews the phonetic factors identified in the previous chapters and uncovers the crucial role they play in the emergence of palatalization patterns common cross-linguistically.

Recall from Chapter 1 that I propose a model that accounts for neutralization of a phonological contrast on the basis of articulation, acoustics, and perception on the one hand, and on the other, higher-level cognitive processing of the recovered information. This model, repeated from Chapter 1, is outlined in Figure 1.