Aryo-semitic Speech; A Study In Linguistic Archaeology: a study in linguistic archaeology

Paperback | February 11, 2012

byJames Frederick Mccurdy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. COMPARISON OF ROOTS. Having in the last Chapter taken up the most important questions relating to the formation of the predicative roots, considered as primary and secondary, in the two systems of speech, and having presented a scheme of the typical forms under which these roots are expressed, it remains for us to determine how we may reconcile the seemingly discordant principles according to which they are formed. The main difficulty presented arises from this fact, that while in the Aryan system the vowel is a significant part of the root, in the Semitic, on the other hand,--at least in the inflectional period of that idiom,--the vowel is not essential to the expression of the radical idea. The difficulty is great, but perhaps not insurmountable. The following considerations are offered as tending to show that a reconciliation is possible: (1) The Semitic principle of root structure bears evidence of a secondary and, so to speak, artificial origin. In the language as it is presented to us, the vowel is not co-ordinate with, but subordinate to, the consonant. Now, we do not claim that the vowel once held an equally important place with the consonant. If language is a growth, and not an institution, the two elements cannot have been originally co-ordinate, even in those systems of speech where we find them currently of equal value. The consonants, as the harder and more stable elements of speech, must have secured their independent recognition and employment before the vowels, in all early forms of human language. But it may be said that the Semitic is an exception to other systems in this, that the vowels never secured complete autonomy for themselves. This is true; but it is not true that they always filled that subordinate function which we s...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. COMPARISON OF ROOTS. Having in the last Chapter taken up the most important questions relating to the formation of t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217176356

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