The Geographical, Natural, and Civil History of Chili

The Geographical, Natural, and Civil History of Chili

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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. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ...of speech, from which an appropriate verb cannot be formed by the addition of a final n. Even from the most simple particles various verbs are derived, that give great precision and strength to conversation. But what is truly surprising in this language is that it contains no irregular verb or 'noun. Every thing in it may be said to be regulated with a geometrical precision, and displays much art with great simplicity, and a connection so well ordered and unvarying in its g.l'flI1lIi'atlCttl rules, which always make the subsequentdepend upon its antecedent, that the theory of theilang guage is easy, and may be readily learned in a few days. A This close analogy and regularity, may. at a. slight view induce an opinion little favourable to the capacity of those who formed or polished this dialect, as the original languages, it is well known, were regular in their rude and primitive state. But a very idilierent conclusion 'will be drawn by those who examine its structure, and attend to the extent and complexity of ideas ne-A izossary to have formed it, and to have modified The same language also abounds with harmonious and sonorous syllables, which give it much sweetness and variety; this is, however, injured by the frequent recurrence of the u, a defect from which the Latin is by no means exempt. In this respect the latter has, however, been fortunatelycorrected in its derivatives, particularly the Italian, which has studied to avoid, especially in the finals, the unpleasant sound resulting from the use of that vowel. ' ' The Chilian differs from every other American 'language, not less in its words than its construction, with the exception of from eighteen to twenty of Peruvian origin, Which, more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236916875
  • 9781236916877