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October 9, 2009 11:12 AM Subscribe
posted by languagehat (16 comments total)
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Ari Hoptman (his website
) explains early Germanic sound laws to his young friend Frankie, who has tossed aside his copy of Braune’s Gothic grammar in disgust. If you want to know what makes historical linguists tick, this is a great way to find out. Warning: links to seven-minute YouTube with two sequels; disclaimer: I myself have a copy of Braune’s Gotische Grammatik
within arm’s reach and I have spent time reading the Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung
, so I may be especially susceptible to jokes about William Jones, the Brothers Grimm, and Danish linguists.
, and I will quote Dave Wilton's warning about the third segment: "This last video gets pretty dry, so unless you are really interested in the mechanisms of consonant shifts in early Germanic languages, you may want to skip ahead to the last two minutes.")