from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To devoice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In phonetics, to deprive of voice, or sonant quality; render non-sonant or surd.


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  • Individuals perhaps tended to anticipate a little the voiceless release and to “unvoice” the latter part of the final l-sound (very much as the l of English words like felt tends to be partly voiceless in anticipation of the voicelessness of the t).

    Chapter 9. How Languages Influence Each Other


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