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A. J. Ellis accent adjective agglutinative alphabet analogy Arabic articulate Aryan Aryan family Basque become Bopp breath chamber of resonance Chinese clicks common comparative philology compound consonants denote dental derived dialects diphthong distinguished English etymology existence express fact family of speech flection French gender genitive German glottis grammarians Greek Grimm's law guage guttural Hebrew ideas idioms imitation inflectional instance isolating Kafir labial larynx Latin laws letters linguistic lips Max Miiller meaning modern mouth nasal nature noun object organs of speech origin palate philologist phonetic phonetic decay phonology pitch plural polysynthetic polysynthetic languages position primitive produced pronounced pronunciation race reduplication relations of grammar Rig-Veda roots Sanskrit science of language scientific sematology Semitic Semitic languages sense sentence side signification soft palate sonant sounds speak spiritus lenis suffixes syllable thought tion tone tongue trace utterance verb vibrations vocal chords vocal organs voice vowel words
Pagina 45 - ... Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs, and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong, indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists.
Pagina 45 - ... no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps no longer exists; there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothic and the Celtic, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanskrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family, if this were the place for discussing any question concerning the antiquities of Persia.
Pagina 102 - Dinah, my spaniel, equally embarrassed on the other. She was overlooking half a dozen of her new-born puppies, which had been removed two or three times from her, and her anxiety was excessive, as she tried to find out if they were all present, or if any were still missing. She kept puzzling and running her eyes over them, backwards and forwards, but could not satisfy herself. She evidently had a vague notion of counting, but the figure was too large for her brain. Taking the two as they stood, dog...
Pagina 102 - Once while I watched a Dammara floundering hopelessly in a calculation on one side of me, I observed Dinah, my spaniel, equally embarrassed on the other. She was overlooking half a dozen of her new-born puppies, which had been removed two or three times from her, and her anxiety was excessive, as she tried to find out if they were all present, or if any were still missing. She kept puzzling and running her eyes over them, backwards and forwards, but could not satisfy herself.
Pagina 215 - These are varieties of one word, originally used to mark the motion of fire, water, wind, darts. " II. To strike with a quick, vigorous, impelling force, BAG or BWAG, of which FAG and PAG are softer varieties.
Pagina 213 - The reason why scholars have discovered no more than these two or three great families of speech is very simple. There were no more, and we cannot make more. Families of languages are very peculiar formations ; they are, and they must be, the exception, not the rule, in the growth of language.
Pagina 213 - If we confine ourselves to the Asiatic continent with its important peninsula of Europe, we find that in the vast desert of drifting human speech three and only three oases have been formed in which, before the beginning of all history, language became permanent and traditional, assumed in fact a new character, a character totally different from the original character of the floating and constantly varying speech of human beings.
Pagina 210 - A German colony in Pennsylvania was cut off from frequent communication with Europe for about a quarter of a century, during the wars of the French Revolution between 1792 and 1815. So marked had been the effect even of this brief and imperfect isolation, that when Prince Bernhard of...