The Atlantis Volume 1

The Atlantis Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...acquaintance with it, much more to employ it as a medium of ordinary intercourse. The idea of the Flemish origin of the dialect is comparatively modern. Grose (Antiquities, ii. 61) holds it, it is true, to "be a Teutonic tongue, introduced in the first age of Christianity, or perhaps earlier." But no one has ever seriously discussed so wild a theory. I have already alluded to the opinion of Vallancey, that the Forth dialect is nothing more than the English of the invaders. The anonymous report in the Southwell MSS., written in 1682, describes it as " old Saxon English." Colonel Richards pronounces it "the very language brought over by Fitzstephen," and adds that " whoever hath read old Chaucer will better understand it than an English or Irishman." A third contemporary report in the same MS. collection concurs in this view. Stanihnrst, however, with more exactness, while he agrees in regarding English as the substance of this dialect, adds, "that in our daies they have so acquainted themselves with the Irish as they have made a mingle-mangle or gallimaufrere of both the languages, and have in such medley or checkerwise so crabbedlie jumbled them together, as commonlie the inhabitants of the meaner sort speak neither good English nor good Irish." Of the samples of the vocabulary which he gives some are plainly Irish. If we possessed any satisfactory specimens of the language, this controversy would present little difliculty. Had we some Forther " Tim Bobbin," or even some collection like those of the English provincial songs; had any of our native novelists, by introducing it into their dialogue, done for it what Conscience has done for his native Flemish, or Auerbach...show more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885716
  • 9781236885715