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 for consonant shifting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lautverschiebung \Laut"ver*schie`bung\
     (lout"f[e^]r*sh[=e]`b[oo^]ng), n.; pl. Lautverschiebungen
     (lout"f[e^]r*sh[=e]`b[oo^]ng*en). [G.; laut sound +
     verschiebung shifting.] (Philol.)
     (a) The regular changes which the primitive Indo-European
         stops, or mute consonants, underwent in the Teutonic
         languages, probably as early as the 3d century b. c.,
         often called the first Lautverschiebung, sound
         shifting, or consonant shifting.
     (b) A somewhat similar set of changes taking place in the
         High German dialects (less fully in modern literary
         German) from the 6th to the 8th century, known as the
         second Lautverschiebung, the results of which form the
         striking differences between High German and The Low
         German Languages. The statement of these changes is
         commonly regarded as forming part of Grimm's law,
         because included in it as originally framed.
         [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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