Origin of Grimm's lawafter Jakob Grimm in honor of his formulation (1822) of parallels noted by himself and R. K. Rask
Grimm's lawGrimm's Law
Origin of Grimm's LawAfterJakob Ludwig Karl Grimm
- (linguistics) A sound change that affected the Proto-Indo-European stop consonants in the development of Proto-Germanic, causing devoicing or change into a fricative.
- (linguistics) The description of this sound change (as originally formulated by Jacob Grimm), which establishes a set of regular correspondences between early Germanic stops and fricatives, and the consonants of Proto-Indo-European and most other Indo-European languages.
Named for Jacob Grimm.