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Sievers' Law in Germanic

Charles M. Barrack

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ISBN 10: 0820430420 / ISBN 13: 9780820430423
Published by Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 1998
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Title: Sievers' Law in Germanic

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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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.

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The Author: Charles M. Barrack is a professor at the University of Washington where he received his Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics. In addition to articles in professional journals on German literature and Germanic linguistics, he also wrote A Diachronic Phonology from Proto-Germanic to Old English Stressing West-Saxon Conditions and is one of the authors of the Mosaik Intermediate German program.

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