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Germanic Accent, Grammatical Change and the Laws of Unaccented Syllables


Richard D'Alquen

The accepted change from movable pitch accent to fixed dynamic accent in Germanic is so substantial that it must have been multi-staged. The author posits stages, using acoustic phonetics, Verner's Law and accent markings in Old High German. He tests his theory in all major areas of Germanic grammar. Many old problems receive more convincing solutions, even Germanic finals and Scandinavian accent 2.
Contents: Germanic accent and acoustic phonetics - Syllable weight as key to development - Notker's accent markings - Reduplication to infixation - Accentual analysis of verbs and nominals - Germanic finals - Norse accent.