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Phonetic Law
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Phonetic law was defined by the Neogrammarians in 1878 and it determines that a sound within the same dialect and in a specific period of time will always evolve in the same way in the same phonetic environment; this sound change does not admit more exceptions than the ones motivated by analogy and dialectal division.

In the decade of the 1870’s a group of German Indo-Europeanists who assumed the name of Neogrammarians (German Junggrammatiker) defined t…

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Juan Antonio Alvarez-Pedrosa, “Phonetic Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000279>
First published online: 2013

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