Sievers' Law in Germanic

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ISBN-13:
9780820430423
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.03.1998
Seiten:
288
Autor:
Charles M. Barrack
Gewicht:
566 g
Format:
236x159x22 mm
Serie:
22, Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

One of the most interesting changes in Proto-Germanic was the alternation of y and w after short syllables with i and u after long, respectively - an alternation with far-reaching effects. Described by Eduard Sievers in 1878, this «law» has been the subject of controversy ever since. Is it related to a similar phenomenon in Vedic Sanskrit, and was it, therefore, Indo-European in origin? What is its relationship to alliterative verse in Germanic? This study addresses such questions and demonstrates that Sievers' Law has played a wider role in Old English than heretofore demonstrated.