Definition of Verner's Law in English:

Verner's Law

Syllabification: Ver·ner's Law
Pronunciation: /ˈvernərz, ˈvər-
The observation that voiceless fricatives in Germanic predicted by Grimm’s Law became voiced if the preceding syllable in the corresponding Indo-European word was unstressed, as in the English words death and dead.
More example sentences
  • Verner published his results in 1875, and the patterns he described came to be known as Verner's Law.
  • Similarly, Grimm's Law, Verner's Law, and Grassman's Law are transformed into SpecGram's Law.
  • The Danish scholar Carl Verner thus corrected the major deficiency of Grimm's Law by introducing a further sound shift Law, since called Verner's Law.


late 19th century: named after Karl A. Verner (1846–96), Danish philologist.

Definition of Verner's Law in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌōlēˈajənəs
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily