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Verner's Law

Pronunciation: /ˈvernərz/ Pronunciation: /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.
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.

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Syllabification: Ver·ner's Law

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