The Preposition A; The Relation of Its Meanings Studied in Old French

The Preposition A; The Relation of Its Meanings Studied in Old French

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: a point, while in the other, intensity, situation is regarded as extended from one point to another, that is, by a succession of points; and over this whole space the preposition a extends its jurisdiction, since the point of departure, which indeed need not be expressed, marks only a beginning without any idea of a continuation into space. Thus Marie de France, in an example cited below, talks of the unfortunate beings who lie, nailed to the earth with burning nails: "From their head to their feet" (des chies des i qu'as piez), she says, "so thickly were all their members nailed, that never could you have laid a finger down, unless you touched a nail." Here a comes in as usual to mark the situation, the place where the nails were nailed; but instead of defining a single spot, it must needs here extend its compass over all that space situated between the head and the feet, if indeed the real situation be defined. This it did, but the effect, we would almost say, was unlooked for; since, instead of expressing the idea of locality, the result was an expression of extent, of quantity, of the 'how-muchness' of things, --of intensity. No longer do we heed the situation of the nail, but the meaning flashed to us by a is the intensity to which the nailing operation was raised. A, following the bent of its nature, had offered itself to express situation, and if another thought resulted, it was not the fault of the preposition. This may be said to be the first off-shoot of the meaning of the preposition a that became an independent construction. That it borrowed its first scale from its old associates, the divisions of space, is self-evident; with these the creation of a new construction was achieved and added to more

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