Verner's law

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Ver·ner's Law

 (vûr′nərz, vĕr′-)
A law stating essentially that Proto-Germanic noninitial voiceless fricatives in voiced environments became voiced when the previous syllable was unstressed in Proto-Indo-European. For example, both the th- and the -d of English third are descended from Proto-Germanic voiceless *th, but the second was voiced by Verner's Law.

[After Karl Adolph Verner (1846-1896), Danish philologist.]
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Verner's law

(Linguistics) linguistics a modification of Grimm's Law accommodating some of its exceptions. It states that noninitial voiceless fricatives in Proto-Germanic occurring as a result of Grimm's law became voiced fricatives if the previous syllable had been unstressed in Proto-Indo-European
[C19: named after Karl Adolph Verner (1846–96), Danish philologist, who formulated it]
Vernerian adj
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Ver′ner's law′

a statement of the regularity behind some apparent exceptions in the Germanic languages to Grimm's law, namely, that Proto-Germanic voiceless fricatives became voiced when occurring between voiced sounds if the immediately preceding vowel was not accented in Proto-Indo-European: formulated 1875 by Karl Verner.
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Noun1.Verner's law - a qualification of Grimm's law
sound law - a law describing sound changes in the history of a language
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