Grimm's law


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a sound law relating German consonants and consonants in other Indo-European languages

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Grimm's Law (also known as "The First Consonant Shift") identified three successive changes in the pronunciation of certain Indo-European (IE) consonants by speakers of the Germanic (Gmc) branches of the language.
In 1875, the Danish scholar, Karl Verner, advanced a theory to explain certain exceptions to Grimm's Law that had been troubling philologists.