Nelson's Encyclopaedia Volume 4

Nelson's Encyclopaedia Volume 4

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...till later, must have been adopted before the date assigned for the end of the Old English period. Although the Angles, and perhaps the axons, were acquainted with the runic alphabet, and used it for lapidary inscriptions and similar pu see, it is not probable that 0 d English had any written literature until the Latin alphabet was introduced llaty the Romish missionaries in ent and the Irish missionaries in Northumbria. The Latin letters, with the phonetic values which they had in the Latin pronunciation of the period, served fairly well for the expression of Old English sounds; but the alphabet had some deficiencies. Latin had not the two sounds of th as in 'breath' and 'breathe.' The former was at first rendered by the combination th, but afterwards the sign was borrowed from the runic alphabet. The voiced consonant as in 'breathe' was originally not distinguished Ingllsh Language graphically from d, but subse quently the barred S was used for it. In later times ) and if were used indifierently for both sounds, according to the preference of the individual scribe; the ordinary practice was to write I) at the beginning of a word and 5 in other positions. The runic sign P was adopted to express the sound of 10, which in earlier line. had been rendered by u or nu. The sound of the German it was provided with a new sign, which appears in coins as V and V, being formed, like the older runic sign, by inserting an 1' into the body of the symbol for the vowel u. This sign was ultimately written,0, and was confused with the 1/ of the Roman alphabet. The Old English vowel intermediate in sound between a and e ( = the a in 'hat') was represented by as, often written us or Q. The only letters which...show more

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  • Paperback | 582 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,025g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236750292
  • 9781236750297