Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

Lachmann's law
(212 words)

[German version]

Discovered by the classical philologist and Germanist Karl Lachmann (1793-1851) in 1850, a ‘phonological rule’ in the Latin verbal system: significantly, verbs whose stem ends in a voiced occlusive -g or -d show a long vowel before -t-suffixes of the perfect passive participle and that of verbal derivations - along with the corresponding consonantal assimilation at the morpheme boundary. But this rule does not apply in quite a number of cases. Vowel length is proven above all by epigraphical spellings with the apex ( Punctuation), through individual references by…

Cite this page
Haebler, Claus (Münster), “Lachmann's law”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

▲   Back to top   ▲