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Dybo’s Law
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Dybo’s law is a name given to a rightward accentual shift that occurs in Proto-Slavic accentual paradigm b or in nonacute accentual paradigm a (a.p. a; see Slavic accentology), where the original *ˋ and *˜ (nonacute prosodemes in immobile accentual paradigm; “dominant circumflexes” in the terminology of the Moscow accentological school) shift to the next syllable (the recessive circumflexes, *  ̏ and *  ̑, which are phonologically unstressed, do not shift, nor does the old acute *˝), e.g., *bòba ‘bean-gen.sg’ > *boba̍. The law is nam…

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Kapović, Mate, “Dybo’s Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief: Marc L. Greenberg, General Editor: Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032120>
First published online: 2020

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