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Grimm's Law

With added tricks to impress/annoy Dr. Mulry

Crystal Whetstone

on 29 April 2013

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Transcript of Grimm's Law

Grimm's Law Who thought this up? Let me sum up. Fricatives And now a video to take up time.... (If you guessed, "a guy named Grimm" you get a cookie.) So Grimm's theory is fullproof? No, but Verner made a law to explain the exceptions that once seemed to disprove our ancestor's freaky thing for fricatives. Let me explain... It shows that a process—the regular shifting of consonants in groups—took place once in the development of English and the other Low German languages and twice in German and the other High German languages. Yes, that Grimm If you've read many fairy tales you will be familiar with his stories. However, keep in mind that although you remember Little Red Riding Hood like this... Make the sound for "p" as in "pet" Replacing the p, t, and k with f, th, and h was the only reasonable course of action. ...saying things differently for no apparent reason. In 1822 Jacob Grimm formulated an explanation that systematically accounted for the correspondences between certain consonants in different languages. He was German Basically, for no reason that I could find, large groups of people suddenly began switching their alphabet around... No, really, make the sound. Now, do the same for "t" as in "tent" and "k" as in "Kelts" Those sounds are categorized as Voiceless Stops. Apparently the people who made this decision did not have a lisp.
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