Aryo-semitic Speech; A Study In Linguistic Archaeology

Paperback | May 14, 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: ... is the duty of students to determine. In harmony with what we would naturally suspect with regard to the growth of living speech, it is found that the primitive stock of roots at the command of the earliest speakers was enlarged according to need by internal changes or external additions. The modifying or formative elements are seen to be attached with equal freedom and regularity to all these variant similar forms, showing that these forms are independent of one another. This is not the proper place for an extended exhibition of the evidence in favor of such a doctrine. We shall presently have to cite groups of words in each family that will illustrate the position here assumed. Meanwhile, it will be enough to say that a twofold distinction has to be made with regard to the forms under discussion; and that by the common consent, if not always by the verbal agreement, of leading etymologists. First, we must distinguish secondary from primary roots, or discriminate forms that seem to have been developed out of earlier ones from those which we cannot reduce to prior conditions. Secondly, we must note a difference between absolute and relative roots1; remembering that in many cases analysis brings us at last to forms which it is impossible to regard as the exact ultimate expression of the radical idea; since, for example, the combinations arrived at are sometimes unpronounceable, and sometimes appear in a slightly different form in different dialects of the same family. This latter distinction, however, is evidently not to be made use of practically, and must only be kept in mind as a constant warning against the temptation to fancy that we can always succeed in harmonizing the form and substance of language according to their original identity. But the princ...

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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: ... is the duty of students to determine. In harmony with what we would naturally suspect with regard to the growth of living speec...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217688187

ISBN - 13:9780217688185

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