Verner's law

Ver·​ner's law | \ ˈver-nərz- How to pronounce Verner's law (audio) \

Definition of Verner's law

: a statement in historical linguistics: in medial or final position in voiced environments and when the immediately preceding vowel did not bear the principal accent in Proto-Indo-European, the Proto-Germanic voiceless fricatives f, þ, and χ derived from the Proto-Indo-European voiceless stops p, t, and k and the Proto-Germanic voiceless fricative s derived from Proto-Indo-European s became the voiced fricatives ƀ, ð, ǥ, and z represented in various recorded Germanic languages by b, d, g, and r

First Known Use of Verner's law

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Verner's law

after Karl A. verner, who formulated it

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“Verner's law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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