consonant shift
noun Date: 1888 a set of regular changes in consonant articulation in the history of a language or dialect: a. such a set affecting the Indo-European stops and distinguishing the Germanic languages from the other Indo-European languagescompare Grimm's law b. such a set affecting the Germanic stops and distinguishing High German from the other Germanic languages

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  • consonant shift — n. a sound change or series of connected sound changes in the consonants of a language or family of languages, as a series of changes in the Indo European stops that set Germanic apart from other Indo European languages, or of changes in the… …   English World dictionary

  • consonant shift — noun 1. : the set of regular changes in consonant articulation which distinguish the Germanic languages from the other Indo European languages and through which Indo European voiceless stops become Germanic voiceless fricatives (as in Greek pyr,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • consonant shift — Ling. a set of changes that take place in the articulation of one or more consonant phonemes between an earlier and a later stage of a language. Cf. first consonant shift, second consonant shift. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • consonant shift — con′sonant shift n. ling. a set of changes taking place in the articulation of one or more consonant phonemes between an earlier and a later stage of a language, as the shift by which Germanic languages became differentiated from other Indo… …   From formal English to slang

  • consonant shift — См. mutazione consonàntica …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • High German consonant shift — High German subdivides into Upper German (green) and Central German (blue), and is distinguished from Low German (yellow) and Dutch. The main isoglosses, the Benrath and Speyer lines, are marked in black. In historical linguistics, the High… …   Wikipedia

  • first consonant shift — noun see consonant shift * * * the consonant shift described by Grimm s law, which distinguishes Germanic languages from other Indo European languages. Cf. consonant shift, second consonant shift. [1930 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • second consonant shift — noun see consonant shift * * * the consonant shift by which High German became differentiated from other Germanic languages. Cf. consonant shift, first consonant shift. [1935 40] …   Useful english dictionary

  • first consonant shift — the consonant shift described by Grimm s law, which distinguishes Germanic languages from other Indo European languages. Cf. consonant shift, second consonant shift. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • second consonant shift — the consonant shift by which High German became differentiated from other Germanic languages. Cf. consonant shift, first consonant shift. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

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