One of the most interesting changes in Proto-Germanic was the alternation of "y" and "w" after short syllables with "i" and "u" after long, respectively - an alternation with far-reaching effects. Described by Eduard Sievers in 1878, this -law- has been the subject of controversy ever since. Is it related to a similar phenomenon in Vedic Sanskrit, and was it, therefore, Indo-European in origin? What is its relationship to alliterative verse in Germanic? This study addresses such questions and demonstrates that Sievers' Law ...

Sievers' Law in Germanic 1998, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften, New York

ISBN-13: 9780820430423