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Grassmann's law (linguistics)


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A modification of Grimm's law, devised to explain exceptions to it, such as the English daughter, which was duhita in Sanskrit but according to Grimm's law should have been dhuhita. Grassmann's law asserts that a sequence of two aspirates (2) in a word is sufficient to block the sound shift of Grimm's law. [Named after the German-Polish mathematician and physicist Hermann G(ünther) Grassmann (1809–77) who formulated it in 1863]


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