Transactions of the American Philological Association Volume 8-9

Transactions of the American Philological Association Volume 8-9

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...without emcndation, as Hermann's liu hmg, for (2 tin Tmg' (see Paley's note and translation). Professor W. D. Whitney, of Yale College, then read a paper on " The Principle of Economy as a Phonetic Force." The tendency to economy of effort, or ease of utterance, has long been recognized as the dominant, if not the exclusively governing force in the phonetic changes of language. But, as is apt to be the case with such things, there is, on the one hand, an inclination on the part of some to make an improper use of the law, applying it in an artificial and mechanical way to the explanation of phc nomena; and, on the other hand, by a natural reaction, some are beginning to doubt or deny the prevalence of any such law. Professor Whitney's paper was an attempt to correct both these tendencies, by defining more strictly the law in question, by pointing out the classes of facts already fully explained by it, as well as the remnant for which it is not yet made to account, and by showing the consistency of the law with all that we know thus far of the nature and history of language, and the extreme improbability that any other law of phonetic growth will be established in any degree whatever comparable with it. In the present imperfect state of our comprehension of linguistic facts, it would be premature to claim that everything is to be referred to this law; but there is also no reason for yet declaring any problematical phenomena inconsistent with it and proving it inoperative. Professor 0. K. Nelson, 'of St. John's College, Annapolis, Md.' presented a paper on "Semitic Studies, especially as Illustrated in Hebrew, and their Relation to Modern Philology." Professor B. L. Gildersleeve, more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236912225
  • 9781236912220