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Verner's Law

Line breaks: Ver¦ner's Law
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛːnəz
 
, ˈvəːnəz/

Definition of Verner's Law in English:

noun

Linguistics
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.
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.

Origin

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

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