Karl Adolf Verner (* 7. March 1846 in Århus; † 5. November 1896 in Copenhagen) was a Danishlinguist. He is remembered especially for Verner's law, which he discovered in 1875. 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The cityhall of Ã rhus. ... 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... City nickname: none Location in Denmark Area - Total - Water 526 kmÂ² xxx kmÂ² xx% Population - City (2004) - Metropolitan - Density 502,204 1,116,979 954/km2 [including water] xxx/km2 [land only] Time zone Eastern: UTC+1 Latitude Longitude 55Â°43 N 12Â°34 E Copenhagen (Danish: KÃ¸benhavn) is... Broadly conceived, linguistics is the scientific study of human language, and a linguist is someone who engages in this study. ... Verners law, stated by Karl Verner in 1875, describes a historical sound change in the Proto-Germanic language whereby voiceless fricatives *f, *Ã¾, *s and *x, when immediately following an unstressed syllable in the same word, underwent voicing and became respectively *b, *d, *z and *g. ... 1875 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...
KarlVerner noted a seeming "problem" with the operation of Grimm's Law in the development of the Germanic languages, and postulated a solution, in reality merely a supplement to Grimm's Law that provides an important exception to the sound changes.
Through deductive reasoning, Verner showed that the Indo-European placement of stress was the deciding factor in this development: if the immediately preceding syllable did not bear primary stress, then the alternate forms (the voiced versions) were produced.
All Germanic languages are thought to be descended from a hypothetical Proto-Germanic, united by their having been subjected to the sound shifts of Grimm's law and Verner's law.
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