Wheeler’s Law
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Abstract

‘Wheeler’s Law’ (also known as ‘dactylic retraction’) refers to an accent retraction process reconstructed for Common Greek by which oxytone words became paroxytone if they ended in a heavy-light-light syllable sequence, e.g. *poikilós > poikílos ‘multi-colored’.

‘Wheeler’s Law’ refers to a phonologically conditioned accent retraction process reconstructed for an early pandialectal stage of Greek by which oxytone words became paroxytone if they ended in a heavy-light-light syllable sequence (‘HLL’), e.g. *poikilós

Cite this page
Dieter Gunkel, “Wheeler’s Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000551>
First published online: 2013



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