Grimm n Jakob Ludwig Karl ('ja:kɔp 'lu:tvɪç karl), 1785--1863, and his brother, Wilhelm Karl ('vɪlhɛlm karl), 1786--1859, German philologists and folklorists, who collaborated on Grimm's Fairy Tales (1812--22) and began a German dictionary. Jakob is noted also for his philological work Deutsche Grammatik (1819--37), in which he formulated the law named after him
n the rules accounting for systematic correspondences between consonants in the Germanic languages and consonants in other Indo-European languages; it states that Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirated stops, voiced unaspirated stops, and voiceless stops became voiced unaspirated stops, voiceless stops, and voiceless fricatives respectively
(formulated by J. Grimm)
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