Grimm’s law examples

Grimm’s law examples

Grimm’s Law was invented in 1822 by a German philologist, Jacob Grimm. It was invented for the correspondences between certain consonants in the Germanic language. The Sanskrit, Greek and Latin languages are found in the Germanic language. Grimm’s Law differs between the Germanic and Indo-European languages. According to Grimm’s law, a Pin Indo European was changed to an f in the Germanic language but this ‘p’ didn’t change in Greek and Latin language. Then we can see the English and Latin language. If the truth of P is true also of T and K. Then the original voiceless stops (P,t,k) were changed to fricatives (f, P, h). So, in Latin tres turned into English three, Latin century turned into a hundred in English. Also for the Grimm’s Low Sanskrit bharami (Geek turned into bear and DHA became DO in English. In high German, some of those consonants changed and they are known as the second or high German Sound-shift. We can see in English open and German often, English eat and German Essen. These common dances are known as Grimm’s law. But we don’t know the cause of the change. However, there have some reasons for this law. The Finnish borrowed some words from the Germanic language but they didn’t show the change. That’s why Grimm’s law is necessary to figure out the difference between languages.

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