grimm's law definition

  • noun:
    • a statement (propounded because of the German philologist Jacob Grimm) of particular regular changes that the ancient Indo-European mute consonants, alleged (many plainly seen in Sanskrit and, with some modifications, in Greek and Latin), have encountered within the Teutonic languages. Examples: Skr. bhātṛ, L. frater, E. bro, G. bruder; L. tres, E. three, G. drei, Skr. get, E. cow, G. kuh; Skr. dhā to put, Gr. ti-qe`-nai, E. do, OHG, tuon, G. thun. See also lautverschiebung.
    • See legislation.
    • a sound law pertaining German consonants and consonants various other Indo-European languages

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