Grassmann’s Law
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Abstract

“Grassmann’s Law” describes the dissimilatory loss of aspiration in one of two non-adjacent aspirated consonants, e.g. Proto-Gk. *hékhō > Gk. ékhō ‘I have’. Grassmann’s Law alternations sometimes remain intact, but are often removed by analogy. Grassmann’s Law in Greek was independent from Grassmann’s Law in Sanskrit, and is probably a post-Mycenaean development.

“Grassmann’s Law” ( Grassmann 1863, cf. Collinge 1985:47-61 for a detailed survey of initial reaction and subsequent debate) is a phonological…

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Brent Vine, “Grassmann’s Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 26 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000468>
First published online: 2013



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