Related to Lautverschiebung: Consonant Shift


n.1.(Philol.) The regular changes which the primitive Indo-European stops, or mute consonants, underwent in the Teutonic languages, probably as early as the 3d century b. c. , often called the first Lautverschiebung, sound shifting, or consonant shifting.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Linguistically speaking, the difference between Dutch and German is, of course, quite literally a Lautverschiebung, or a "vowel shift." A Verschiebung, or a "displacement," is thus a rather literal image to describe this situation.
Verner, Karl 1876 "Eine ausnahme der ersten lautverschiebung", Kuhn's Zeitschrift 23: 97-130.
Se, nonostante l'aiuto (non sempre dirimente) della seconda Lautverschiebung, e a volte difficile decidere sull'origine gotica o longobarda di un germanismo, l'apporto lessicale carolingio--un franco contrassegnato da un primo adattamento alla fonetica romanza (langue d'oil) nonche da una semantica piu astratta ed elevata, gia di castello--e di piu agevole identificazione (cfr., per un abbondante campionario di prestiti longobardi, spesso marcati invece da un'espressivita di tipo popolare, 73-92).
The poet is constantly in search of language, perhaps "warten auf erneute Lautverschiebung," or observing "Kollegen auf Jagd nach Superlativen." Poetry is compared with mathematics in "Rechnung mit Unbekannten," and both are revealed to be matters of faith.
Prior to the identification of laws regulating Lautverschiebung, there had been little means of charting linguistic change in history without recourse to value-laden terms such as progress or degeneration.(5) Given the characteristic eighteenth-century view of classical Latin and Greek as the pinnacles from which human language subsequently decayed, change was inevitably regarded with suspicion.