Rick Derksen

Rick Derksen (born 1964) is a Dutch linguist[1][2] and Indo-Europeanist at the University of Leiden. He is specialist in Balto-Slavic historical linguistics with an emphasis on accentology and etymology.

He's a contributor to Leiden-based Indo-European Etymological Dictionary project, for which he wrote the Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Brill, 2008).

Derksen's law


According to the law, the forms with the suffixes *-to-, *-sto-, *-tlo- had the Balto-Slavic final accent. Namely, in the Proto-Lithuanian language, the accent was retracted from short vowels to the previous syllable, as a result of which the accent appeared on the syllable with an unstressed acute transformed into circumflex.


  • Proto-Indo-European *bʰuHtlóm → Proto-Balto-Slavic *būˀtlá → Proto-Lithuanian *būtlás → (Derksen's law) Lithuanian bū̃klas; nom.sg, сf. Proto-Slavic *bydlò.[3]


  1. ^ Kortlandt, Frederik (August 2009). Baltica & Balto-Slavica. Rodopi. p. 87. ISBN 978-90-420-2652-0.
  2. ^ Derksen, Rick (1996). Metatony in Baltic. Rodopi. ISBN 978-90-5183-990-6.
  3. ^ Derksen, Rick (2015). Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon. Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series. 13. Leiden, Boston: Brill. ISBN 978 90 04 27898 1.

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