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

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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.
Translated title of the contributionRodnominernes lagdeling i germansk: kronologi, struktur og oprindelse
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
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherDr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9783954902026
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

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

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