Grimm's law

noun Linguistics the observation that certain consonants undergo regular changes in the Germanic languages which are not seen in others such as Greek or Latin.
Origin
from the name of the 19th-cent. German philologist and folklorist Jacob Grimm.

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  • Grimm's law — (also known as the First Germanic Sound Shift or the Rask s Grimm s rule) named for Jacob Grimm, is a set of statements describing the inherited Proto Indo European (PIE) stops as they developed in Proto Germanic (PGmc, the common ancestor of the …   Wikipedia

  • Grimm's law — Law Law (l[add]), n. [OE. lawe, laghe, AS. lagu, from the root of E. lie: akin to OS. lag, Icel. l[ o]g, Sw. lag, Dan. lov; cf. L. lex, E. legal. A law is that which is laid, set, or fixed; like statute, fr. L. statuere to make to stand. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grimm's law — n. [after Jakob Grimm (see GRIMM Jakob (Ludwig Karl)) in honor of his formulation (1822) of parallels noted by himself & RASK Rasmus Christian] the statement of a series of systematic prehistoric changes of reconstructed Indo European consonants… …   English World dictionary

  • Grimm's law — Grimm s′ law′ n. ling. a statement of the regular pattern of consonant correspondences presumed to represent changes from Proto Indo European to Germanic, according to which voiced aspirated stops became voiced obstruents, voiced unaspirated… …   From formal English to slang

  • Grimm's law — noun a sound law relating German consonants and consonants in other Indo European languages • Hypernyms: ↑sound law * * * ˈgrimz noun Usage: usually capitalized G & often capitalized L Etymology: after Jacob Grimm died 1863 German philologist 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Grimm's law — Ling. the statement of the regular pattern of consonant correspondences presumed to represent changes from Proto Indo European to Germanic, according to which voiced aspirated stops became voiced obstruents, voiced unaspirated stops became… …   Universalium

  • Grimm's law — /ˈgrɪmz lɔ/ (say grimz law) noun an account of the systematic nature of a series of shifts in the consonants of Germanic languages compared with those of other Indo European languages, developed by Jakob Grimm during 1820–22 on the basis of work… …   Australian English dictionary

  • GRIMM'S LAW —    as enunciated by J. L. Grimm, is the law regulating the interchange of mute consonants in languages of Aryan origin, aspirates, flats, and sharps in the classical languages corresponding respectively to flats, sharps, and aspirates in Low… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Grimm's law — noun Etymology: Jacob Grimm Date: 1838 a statement in historical linguistics: Proto Indo European voiceless stops became Proto Germanic voiceless fricatives (as in Greek pyr, treis, kardia compared with English fire, three, heart), Proto Indo… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Law — (l[add]), n. [OE. lawe, laghe, AS. lagu, from the root of E. lie: akin to OS. lag, Icel. l[ o]g, Sw. lag, Dan. lov; cf. L. lex, E. legal. A law is that which is laid, set, or fixed; like statute, fr. L. statuere to make to stand. See {Lie} to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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