The International Language; Hand-Book of Volapuk

The International Language; Hand-Book of Volapuk

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... in English. We find fogin to mean "a foreign country," for which there is no one word in English. Foginel means a foreigner, stranger, one from a distant country. The words valadol foginelis" mean "awaiting strangers." The three words segun kosdm omik, as they come just after valadol, must modify or explain its meaning. Segun is found to be a preposition meaning "according to," and kosdm, a noun in the kimfal, "custom;" segun kosdm" must be "according to custom." The ending-ik tells us that omik is an adjectiv; as adjectivs always follow the words they qualify, it must describe kosdm. We know that om" is "he," and that -ik" is "pertaining to;" omik" is "his." This is another form, equivalent to oma; when the possessor is one of the pronouns ob, ol, om, of, os, on, it may be put in either the adjectiv form or the kimafal; may end either in ik or in a. Segun kosom omik = according to his custom. Valadol, segun kosom omik, ) j awaiting strangers, ac We cannot in English place the phrase "according to his custom" where it naturally belongs. The reason for this is that we have no separate form for the objectiv, and therefore feel a necessity for placing it as close as possible to the verb so that it may be felt as the object. ' Awaiting, according to his custom, strangers," would sound awkward. Al lotadon omis. The ending-on indicates the infinitiv, and we have seen that al before the infinitiv gives it the meaning "in order to;" altho' "in order" need not be expressed. If we look up lotad we find that it means hospitality; but we have in English no verb "to...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • English
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  • 1236567757
  • 9781236567758