Lectures on the Science of Language, Delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 1861 [And 1863] Volume 1

Lectures on the Science of Language, Delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 1861 [And 1863] Volume 1

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...us mark at once the The following remarks of St. Augustine on this subject nre curious: --' Donee perveniatur eo ut res cum sono verbi aliqua similitudine concinat, ut cum dicimus aeris tinnitum, equorum hinnitum, ovium balatum, tubarum clangorem, stridorem catenarum (perspicis enim haec verba ita sonars ut ipsse res quse his verbis significantur). Sed quia sunt res quse non sonant, in his similitudinem tactus valere, ut si leniter vel aspere sensum tangunt, lenitas vel asperitas literarum ut tangit auditum sic eis difference between a mere imitation of the inarticulate groaning and moaning noises produced by crushing hard substances, and the articulate sound mar. Every possible combination of consonants with final r or I was suggested; kr, tr, chr, glr, all would have answered the purpose, and may have been used, for all we know, previous to the first beginning of articulate speech. But, as soon as mr had got the upperhand, all other combinations were discarded; mr had conquered, and became by that very fact the ancestor of a large family of words. If, then, we either follow the history of this root MAR in an ascending line and spreading direction, or if we trace its offshoots back in a descending line to that specific germ, we must be able to explain all later modifications, as necessitated by phonetic and etymological laws; in all the various settings, the jewel must be the same, and in all its various corruptions the causes must be apparent that produced the damage. I begin, then, with the root 3IAR, and ascribe to it the meaning of grinding down. In all the words that nomina peperit: ut ipsum lene cum dicimus leniter sonat, quis item asperilatem non et ipso nomine asperam judicet? Lene est auribus cum dicimus voluptas, asperum cum dicimus..show more

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  • English
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  • 1236495462
  • 9781236495464