Verner's law


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This marked consistency detected in these classes is attributed to accentual pattern which must have been stable at the time of the operation of Verner's Law (D'Alquen 1988: 90).
As a result of such generalisation, the allomorphy rendered by the operation of Verner's Law was being gradually removed.
In the present analysis it is used in line with the above definition to mean restoration of the original Proto-Germanic voiceless variant and consequent generalisation of this variant to all forms which displayed the effects of the operation of Verner's Law.
10) The etymological dictionary of Germanic strong verbs by Seebold (1970) (Vergleichendes und etymologisches Worterbuch der germanischen starken Verben) was consulted to verify the Proto-Germanic root forms which were susceptible to the operation of Verner's Law and could be reflected in Old English.
In verbs belonging to Class I the alternations induced by Verner's Law are well preserved and very regular.
Interestingly, a few verbs belonging to this class in some forms eliminated the effects of Verner's Law completely.
Table 2 (facing page) demonstrates distribution of the effects of Verner's Law in verbs belonging to Class I.
Instances of forms which eliminated the effects of Verner's Law in Class I were round in the following contexts in the investigated material.
The effects of Verner's Law are no longer seen in breo[thorn]an 'ruin, destroy' and abreo[thorn]an 'ruin, perish' which generalised the voiceless fricative in all forms:
The sentences below illustrate the use of forms in which the effects of Verner's Law had been eliminated before the attestation date.
No occurrences of forms which could testify to the earlier operation of Verner's Law in the non-prefixed freosan 'freeze' were round in the analysed material.
The verb beseo[thorn]an is attested once without traces of Verner's Law in past participle, next to the regular besoden.
The following sentences illustrate the use of forms which levelled the effects of Verner's Law in Old English:
seems to be most susceptible to the influence of analogy, though only two occurrences were attested without Verner's Law.
Although the effects of Verner's Law were displayed with remarkable rigour and systemacity in Class III, they can be identified in very few verbs: the scarcely attested feolan and its prefixed forms, and the very well attested weor[thorn]an with its derivatives where grammatical change was abundantly preserved.