Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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Wheeler’s Law

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Author(s): Dieter Gunkel
Abstract ‘Wheeler’s Law’ (also known as ‘dactylic retraction’) refers to an accent retraction process reconstructed for Common Greek by which oxytone words became paroxytone if they ended in a heavy-light-light syllable sequence, e.g. * poikilós > poikílos ‘multi-colored’. ‘Wheeler’s Law’ refers to a phonologically conditioned accent retraction process reconstructed for an early pandialectal stage of Greek by which oxytone words became paroxytone if they ended in a heavy-light-light syllable sequence (‘HLL’), e.g. * poikilós > poikílos ‘multi-colored’ (HLL), * dedegmenós > d…
Date: 2013-11-01

W (index)

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Waanders, Frits M. J. Proto-Greek and Common Greek Wachter, Rudolf Dipylon Vase Inscription | Epigraphy | Linguistic Variation in Classical Attic | Nestor’s Cup | Rhotacism Wackernagel Postpositives Wackernagel, Jacob Adpositions (Prepositions) | Caland System and Greek | Causative Formation | Clause | Clitic Group | Clitics | Dialectology ( diálektos), Ancient Theories of | Dissimilation | Greek and Anatolian Languages | Indo-European Linguistic Background | Infinitives (Syntax) | Intonational Phrase | Law of Limitation | Lexical Aspect (Aktio…