Grimm's law

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Grimm's Law

 (grĭmz)
n.
A formula describing the regular changes undergone by Indo-European stop consonants represented in Germanic, essentially stating that Indo-European p, t, and k became Germanic f, th, and h; Indo-European b, d, and g became Germanic p, t, and k; and Indo-European bh, dh, and gh became Germanic b, d, and g.

[After Jakob Ludwig Karl Grimm.]

Grimm's law

(ɡrɪmz)
n
(Linguistics) the rules accounting for systematic correspondences between consonants in the Germanic languages and consonants in other Indo-European languages; it states that Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirated stops, voiced unaspirated stops, and voiceless stops became voiced unaspirated stops, voiceless stops, and voiceless fricatives respectively
[formulated by Jakob Grimm]

Grimm's′ law′


n.
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 stops became voiceless stops, and voiceless stops became voiceless fricatives: first formulated 1820–22 by Jakob Grimm.
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Noun1.Grimm's law - a sound law relating German consonants and consonants in other Indo-European languages
sound law - a law describing sound changes in the history of a language