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De Saussure’s Law
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De Saussure’s law normally denotes a progressive accentual shift from a nonacute to an acute syllable in various interpretations of historical Schools of Balto-Slavic Accentology – cf. Li *blùsā (with the first syllable short/circumflex and the second acute) > *blusā́ (with the final syllable accented and acute), which is later shortened to the attested blusà ‘flea’ by Leskien’s law.

In pre-Stangian accentology (and still today in some nonmainstream approaches to Balto-Slavic accentology that reject Stang), de S…

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Kapović, Mate, “De Saussure’s Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032117>
First published online: 2020

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