Relliquiae Philologicae; Or, Essays in Comparative Philology

Relliquiae Philologicae; Or, Essays in Comparative Philology

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...the Ablaut, or three independent suffixes, more elaborate decimal system. one which cuts it square. Why should this not be called norma linea ' the line to be known' (or even 'well-known' pace Mr Wharton)? If then the perpendicular were called norma, the tool used to find it might naturally be so called1. To some extent confirmatory of this is the fact that the ethical use, which is the earlier, agrees better with the sense 'perpendicular' than with the tool for finding it. This renders it more probable that the name was transferred from the line to the tool than vice versa. The above is not written in any partisan spirit. Mr Wharton's derivation violates no theory of mine, but he has challenged refutation. After weighing to the best of my ability every particle of evidence on both sides I am compelled to believe (1) that I never was the ninth letter of the Latin alphabet and (2) certainly not in the form L, (3) that nm does not become rm in Latin, (4) that the change of sense is highly improbable, and (5) that the old derivation is satisfactory. FROM A NOTICE OF 'A NEW ENGLISH GRAMMAR: LOGICAL AND HISTORICAL. BY HENRY SWEET, M.A. PART I.' Athenaeum, July 23, 18923.) No one who feels the slightest degree of interest in the nature and history of the English language should fail to read Dr Sweet's instructive work. It will, we hope, revolutionize the treatment, or rather the neglect, which English grammar has generally received, and it should do much towards providing a firm and sound basis for the study. A literary grammar this 1 So regula implies linea, afterwards teristie, and I have therefore ventured transferred to the instrument. to include a few paragraphs which Mr 2 These extracts are republished Darbishire himself would, probably, with the...
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