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Layers of root nouns in Germanic: chronology, structure and origin

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings

Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen

The root-noun declension became productive in early Germanic, containing (I) inherited root nouns, (IIa) original substrate or loan words, and transitions from other declensions in (IIb) Proto-Germanic and (III) North Germanic. As ablaut was abolished, the inherited type would display ablaut grades that, in late Proto-Germanic, became predictable from the phonotactic structure of the root.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEtymology and the European Lexicon : Proceedings of the 14th Fachtagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft, 17-22 September 2012, Copenhagen
EditorsBjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen, Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead, Thomas Olander, Birgit Anette Olsen
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherDr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag
Publication date2017
Pages169-182
ISBN (print)9783954902026
StatePublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - root nouns, stratigraphy, Germanic, Indo-European, etymology, language history

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