Language, and theories of its origin by Robert BrownLanguage, and theories of its origin by Robert Brown

Language, and theories of its origin

byRobert Brown

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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: ... waited for historical testimony on the subject. There is no pretence in Genesis to the use of ipsissima verba in the passages where speech is first mentioned. Dr. Colenso, in his carping criticism of the Bishop of Winchester's Commentary on Genesis, contends that the writer must be considered to have held that Hebrew was the language of Paradise, because there is a direct phonetic and etymological connexion between the words " Eve" ('Havah, Chavvah, Khavvah, or Chawwa) and "living." Suppose, then, we read,--" And the Man called his wife's name 'Life' (and rightly so), for she hath become the mother of all 'living,'"--may we urge that the writer of such a sentence necessarily held that English was the primeval language? It is obvious that a score of languages might keep up the connexion, and we are not a whit nearer the original x. Similarly the Man declares that his partner shall be called "Wo-man" (i.e. Wife-man, Heb. Isschah), because she was taken out of " Man " (Heb. Isch.). Here, again, both languages with equal facility keep up a connexion between the pair of terms. Nor will antediluvian proper names give us any more assistance in the matter, even after making every possible allowance. Thus, e.g., let it be granted that Moses wrote the name "Methusael," and that this name means "Man-cf-G-od," and represents a primeval name. How does it represent it,--by translation, as being an equivalent, or by transliteration? If by translation, then we can no more recover the original form than, if ignorant of Greek, we could obtain Astyanax from Cityking; but, if by transliteration, through how many languages and dialects, Babylonian, Assyrian, Akkadian, plus x, may it not have passed? Again, of course it is by no means difficult to supply Hebrew derivations or ...
Title:Language, and theories of its originFormat:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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