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Final devoicing (German: Auslautverhärtung, ie "hardening of the final sound") of voiced consonants is a systematic phonetic process occurring in languages such as German, Dutch, and Russian, among others. In these languages, where the voicing of consonants is phonological—that is, these languages feature minimal pairs like for example German Bein ("leg") vs. Pein ("pain"), distinguished only by the voicing of the initial consonant—the devoicing of final consonants constitutes a neutralisation of a phonological opposition which is usually made.
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