By Winfred P. Lehmann

Copyright 1967 Indiana college Press

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Below, p. 589, fn. ). : in High German all three gradations are found, but how are the High German k and g (ch assumed for Goth. k) to be organically divided into Gothic k? This could hardly be answered from the German language; the uncertainty of the Old High German writing system not only confuses k and g, but also k and ch with one another. At the same time however some clarification is provided by this that the OHG k which alternates with g never goes over to ch, and conversely, the k which alternates with ch never to g.

With such comparisons, which here cannot by any means be thoroughly pursued, but rather only are intended to put our Germanic sound-relationships into proper perspective one proceeds best from the consonants. If a thoroughly grounded statement is ascertained and accepted for these, then perhaps some insights might also be gained into the history of the vowels. First we encounter the important principle: liquids and spirants agree in all essential relationships with the manner and arrangement of the German tongue.

By Louis Hjelmslev, Vol. I (Kopenhagen: Levin and Munksgaard, 1932) Perhaps the most brilliant of the early linguists, Rasmus Rask (1787-1832) made his primary contribution in accordance with a topic proposed for a prize by the Danish Academy of Sciences in 1811. The topic directed the structure of his monograph, and according to Pedersen led to some of its shortcomings. " After discussing general principles, Rask surveyed the evidence with regard to neighboring languages: Greenlandic Eskimo, Celtic, Basque, Finnish, Slavic, Lettish, Thracian and the Asiatic languages.

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