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Stang’s Law
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Stang’s law (more rarely called Ivšić’s law) is the supposed retraction of the long internal circumflex in Common Slavic that, according to many accentologists of the post-Stang era, accounts for most neo-acute stem-stressed forms in accentual paradigm b (a.p. b). Thus, attested a.p. b forms like present *mõltite ‘you thresh-2.pl’ and *pòpěxъ ‘priests-loc.pl’ (see “Accentology”) would originate in preforms like *moltîte, *popě̂xъ.

Ivšić (1911: 169–170, 177–182) was the first one to propose a retractional nature of the Slavic neo-acute in forms like *mõltite. However, it was S…

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Kapović, Mate, “Stang’s Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_036054>
First published online: 2020

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