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  • noun linguistics A member of a 19th-century school of German linguists who first advanced the theory of regular sound change; or a follower of that school.


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Calque of the German Junggrammatiker.


  • However the Neogrammarian Hypothesis regarding sound shifts that they are regular and exceptionless has allowes us to elucidate the genetic relationships between languages, poetic elements, and so forth to a degree not otherwise possible.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Thirty Years in America:

  • The thesis that “Sound-laws have no exceptions” is the best known Neogrammarian thesis.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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