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Sound change and alternation
Fortition (strengthening)
Dissimilation

Initial consonant voicing refers to a process of historical sound change where voiceless consonants become voiced before a vowel.

For example, in modern German sagen is pronounced [zaːɡn̩], but the spelling reflects older pronunciation with a voiceless fricative.

See also: lenition


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