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Title: What's all the fuss about 16 words? A new approach to Holtzman's Law*
Authors: Smith, Laura Catharine
Keywords: Linguistics;Historical linguistics;Grammar, Comparative and general--Syllable;Phonology;Linguistic change;Germanic languages
Issue Date: Jan-1999
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Smith, L. C. (1999). What's all the fuss about 16 words? A new approach to Holtzman's Law*. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 21(Winter), 66-95.
Abstract: This paper provides a unified analysis for Holtzmann's Law or the Germanic Verscharfung (hereafter, GV). This Germanic phenomenon is usually described as the strengthening of the PIE glides +i and +u to Gothic <ddj> and <ggw> and Old Norse <ggj> and <ggw> respectively. In the present work, I posit plausible sound changes based on the assumption that laryngeals were extant in early Germanic when the accent was still mobile. Furthermore, I contend that the laryngeals rather than glides underwent GV strengthening. The motivation for sound changes, as I assert, can be explained by the preference laws of syllable structure. The analysis provided herein also accounts for parallel phonological developments of GV and non-GV forms from common PIE roots, e.g. ON snūa 'to turn' versus ON snugga 'to look askance'. Finally, the analysis offers an explanation for the existence of GV reflexes in West Germanic.
Description: Laura Catharine Smith, University of Munich
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/51429
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 21, Winter 1999

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