Genesis Oder Geschichte Der Innern Und Aussern Entwikkelung Der Englischen Sprache, Von Friedrich Albert Maennel,

Genesis Oder Geschichte Der Innern Und Aussern Entwikkelung Der Englischen Sprache, Von Friedrich Albert Maennel,

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...an adjective: joined to the adjective Younger, by scores of years, flatters his age With confident belying it, hopes he may With charms like Aeson, have his youth restor'd: And with these thoughts so battens, as if fate Would be as easily cheated on, as he; And all turns air! pronouns my, thy, our, your, it seems a substantive. Even when compounded with him, it is at last found to be a substantive, by its variation in the plural, contrary to the nature of English adjectives; as himself, themselves. Mr. Todd observes, that Dr. Johnson has very rightly established the primary signification of self to be that of an adjective; but, in its connexion with pronouns, he seems rather inclined to suppose it a substantive: first, because it is joined to possessive or adjective pronouns; asmy, thy, her, etc. and secondly, because it has a plural number, selves, contrary to the nature of the English adjective. The latter reason, I think, cannot have much weight, when it is remembered that the use of selves, as the plural of self, has been introduced into our language since the time of Chaucer. Selven, which was originally the accusative case singular of self, is used by him indifferently in both numbers: Imyselven, yeyourselven, he himselven. The former reason will also lose its force, if the hypothesis which I have ventured to propose shall be admitted: viz. that, in their combinations with self, the pronouns my, thy, her, our, your, are not to be considered as possessive or adjective, but as the old oblique cases of the personal pronouns /, thou, she, we, ye. According to this hypothesis, the use of these combinations, with respect to the pronouns, is almost solecistical; but not more so than that of himself in the nominative case, which has long...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236834526
  • 9781236834522