Any work dealing with the interaction of front vowels and consonants would clearly be incomplete without discussing palatalization, undoubtedly the most commonly attested rule involving these segments. Palatalization is generally used as a cover-term to refer to the various assimilations that consonants undergo in the context of front vowels (see e.g. Bhat 1978). These may result in, for example, the addition of an i-like articulation to a consonant, e.g. /k + e/ — [kie], or a complete change in the_major place of articulation of the consonantal target, e.g. /k + e/ — [tje].