Ridpath's Universal History; An Account of the Origin, Primitive Condition, and Race Development of the Greater Divisions of Mankind, and Also of the Principal Events in the Evolution and Progress of Nations from the Beginnings Volume 6

Ridpath's Universal History; An Account of the Origin, Primitive Condition, and Race Development of the Greater Divisions of Mankind, and Also of the Principal Events in the Evolution and Progress of Nations from the Beginnings Volume 6

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...with a fair measure of exactness to Semitic models. It is a matter of the greatest surprise to find the speech of the Basques more like that of a Chinese or North American Choctaw than it is like Arabic, Greek, Spanish, Latin, or German. Since a Mongoloid tongue in the Spanish peninsula can not be accounted The Mongoloid for except on the ground of speech deter-Mongoloid derivation for mines race re lationship. the people who speak it. we must decide that the Basques belong to the Brown, or Turanian, group of nations, rather than to any division of the Ruddy races. The linguistic argument seems to forbid any other conclusion. Time and again the inquirer into the connection of Basque with European languages is reminded, in the investigation, of the relation sustained by the North American Indians and their languages to the peoples and tongues who have become dominant on our continent. The speech of the Basques can hardly be made to conform to grammatical rules as the same are understood by Indo-Europeans. The Basque noun Peculiarities of has no distinction for gen maTutfrTy" der-Xt has-however, a sysfragments. tern of affixes which subserve the purposes of declension, and in the case of verbs the purpose of mood and tense. The affix system is so ex tensive that not only the person, number, and case of nouns, and the mood and tense of verbs, are determined, but the rank and other relations of the subject--a feature of speech for which we should look in vain beyond the limits of the Turanian nations. Basque has the power of easy assimilation from other tongues. It takes in what pleases, but at the same time modifies the expression so as to make it conform to the orthographical and orthoepical style of the vernacular. The language of the Basques...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650670
  • 9781236650672