Pronunciation GB: ˌpælətəʊˌælviˈəʊlə, GA: ˌpælət̬oʊælˈviːələr

The name of a place of articulation. The active articulator is the blade of the tongue and the passive articulator is the area spanning the rear of the alveolar ridge and the front of the hard palate. Sounds such as ʃ and ʒ used to be classed as palato-alveolars, but since 1993 the IPA has recommended the label postalveolar for such sounds. The click symbolised as ǂ is still labelled palato-alveolar on the current (2005) IPA chart.