Friday, 9 October 2009

the story of Verner's Law

It's an amusing tale of the early discoveries in Indo-European linguistics. And parts 2 and 3. Seen on Mr Verb.


Glen Gordon said...

Great show. Now for the bad news. They claim **okos means 'ocular' and lies behind Germanic *augōn. Oopsy daisies. They should have properly written it *h₃okʷos (as an adjective), although that's still an inaccurate preform to this neuter n-stem!

goofy said...

I noticed that too, Glen. Maybe he felt he had to simplify it, or else he would have to talk about laryngeals and labio-velars as well. But let's not get into that again :)