Verner's law

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Verner's law a qualification of Grimm's law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Verner's law (Philol) A statement, propounded by the Danish philologist Karl Verner in 1875, which explains certain apparent exceptions to Grimm's law by the original position of the accent. Primitive Indo-European k t p, became first in Teutonic h th f, and appear without further change in old Teutonic, if the accent rested on the preceding syllable; but these sounds became voiced and produced g d b, if the accent was originally on a different syllable. Similarly s either remained unchanged, or it became z and later r. Example: Skt. saptā (accent on ultima), Gr. 'e`pta, Gothic sibun (seven). Examples in English are dead by the side of death, to rise and to rear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Verner's law (philol.) a law stated by Karl Verner in 1875, showing the effect of the position of accent in the shifting of the original Aryan mute consonants, and s, into Low German, and explaining the most important anomalies in the application of Grimm's law
    • Verner's law . See Law.
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Usage

In literature:

Verner's Pride is mine by law.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
This interchange of consonants is called Verner's Law, see OHG.
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
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