Bookcover of West Germanic gemination
Booktitle:

West Germanic gemination

Germanic Languages, Great Vowel Shift, Norn Language

Tort (2012-05-04 )

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ISBN-13:

978-613-9-36424-4

ISBN-10:
6139364248
EAN:
9786139364244
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. West Germanic gemination is a sound change that took place in all West Germanic languages, around 300 AD. All single consonants except (original or from earlier ) were geminated (doubled) before . The second element of the diphthongs iu and au was still underlyingly at this time and therefore was still considered a consonant, so it was geminated as well. Similar changes occurred in the history of Old Norse, but was much more limited, applying only to and .The change affected only words with a short root vowel followed by a single consonant, as those with long vowels or with more than one consonant following the root vowel never contained after the ending consonant; had already been lengthened to in these words through a rule known as Sievers' law. Following the gemination, all word stems that ended in (except those ending in -r) were now heavy. This set the stage for the later loss of following heavy syllables in the individual West Germanic languages.
Publishing house:
Tort
Website:
http://www.betascript-publishing.com
Edited by:
Philippe Valentin Giffard
Number of pages:
120
Published at:
2012-05-04
Stock:
Available
Category:
General Social sciences
Price:
39.00 €
Keywords:
English, language, Gothic, West, Languages, old, Germanic, Norse, Gemination

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