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CONTENTS.

104-108

MACBETH

109-179

SUMMARY OF RESULTS OF ELOCUTIONARY ANALYSIS AND SUG-

GESTIONS IN REGARD TO VOCAL EXPRESSION....

180_193

SKETCI OF MILTON'S LIFE

194-199

AREOPAGITICA

199-242

SYNONYMES

200

ODE ON TIE NATIVITY.

243-251

COMUS.

251-281

HISTORICAL ANALYSIS

283, 284

SKETCH OF BUNYAN'S LIFE...

285-288

FIRST PART OF PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.

289-410

SENTENCE ANALYSIS..

411-424

INDEX TO VOL. I....

425

8

LANGUAGE.

CLASSIFICATION OF LANGUAGES.* The languages of the world are classified as follows: 1. The Chinese stock, spoken principally in China (sce p. 13). Of this

stock we remark that,

(1.) Every written character is an entire word.
(2.) Every written character is the symbol of an idea, rather

than the representative of a sound.t

(3.) The languages are monosyllabic. II. The Shemitic stock, consisting principally of,

(1.) The Arabic, f including the Ethiopic,
(2.) The Aramean, including the Syriac and the Chaldaic,
(3.) The Hebrew, connected with which are the Canaanitish and

the Phænician.
Of the Shemitic stock it is remarked, that, as a rule,

(1.) Each root is dissyllabic and contains three consonants.
(2.) All the Shemitic languages, except the Ethiopic, are writ-

ten from right to left. III. The Indo-European stock. IV. The African stock, not including the Ethiopic. The Coptic, spoken by

the descendants of the ancient Egyptians, has much in common

with the Shemitic. V. The American stock, comprising the tongues of the aboriginal inhab

itants. VI. The Oceanic or Polynesian stock. (See note 2, p. 13.)

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This is sometimes called the Japhetic, as the languages of Africa are called Hamitic, and those of Southwestern Asia, Shuemitic; but the name Indo-Europian is more generally adopted. The Indo-European stock comprises the following divisions :

* Let the student consult his atlas as he studies this subject. (See note 2, p. 13.) | Like an algebraic sigu, 1 The Koran is in this language.

1. Sanskrit, the language of the ancient Hindoos, and the parent of the

languages now spoken in Hindostan; viz., the Hindostanee, the Bengalee, the Pali-Mahratta, etc. The most ancient type of Sanskrit is found in the hymns of the Vedas. The word Sanskrit means

perfect, polished, or classical. 2. Persian or Iranian, the language of ancient Persia or Iran.

It was the sacred idiom of the Magi. In it Zoroaster, the founder of the sect of fire-worshipers called Ghebers, wrote the Zend-Avesta? The Old Persian, or language of the Achæmenian cuneiform (wedgeshaped) inscriptions, was a dialect of this language. It is the

mother of the languages now spoken in Persia. 3. Latin, the language of the ancient Romans. It is supposed to be

more ancient than the Greek, and is the parent of the Italian,

French, Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese, and Wallachian. 4. Greek, the language of ancient Greece, and the parent of the Romaic,

or modern Greek. 5. Çeltic, the language of the ancient Celts, who overspread the whole of

western Europe. From the ancient Celtic are derived two modern families. One is called Medo-Celtic or Gaelic; comprising the Gaelic proper, or Highland Scotch; the Erse, or Irish; and the Nanx, or dialect spoken by the inhabitants of the Isle of Man. The Manx is fast becoming extinct. The second family is called Perso-Celtic, Cambrian, or Cymric, including the Welsh and the Armoric (spoken in Brittany). The Cornish, or language of Cornwall, belonged to this family, but it became extinct about a hundred

years ago. 6. Gothic, the language of the ancient Goths, who, later than the Celts,

migrated to Western Europe. They occupied especially the island
of Gothland and the southern shores of the Baltic; but early in the
Christian era a large number of them quit the north of Europe, and
established themselves on the coasts of the Black Sea. A portion
of these were permitted by the Roman emperor Valens, in the fourth
century, to settle in Masia, a very extensive country stretching four
or five hundred miles west from the shores of the Black Sea, and
bounded north by the river Danube. Those near the Black Sea
were called Ostrogoths (East Goths); those further west were called
Visigoths (West Goths). The Goths of Scandinavia are son.
times called Suio-Gothis.
Of the Gothic division there are two important branches:
(1.) The Scandinavian; including the Icelandic or Old Norse,

the Danish, the Swedish, the Norwegian, and the

language of the Faroe islands.
(2.) The Teutonic, comprising three families; the Mæso

Gothic (which is the oldest preserved type of the
Gothic), the High German, and the Low German.

7. Slavonic, the language of the Russians, Bulgarians, Servians, Croats,

Poles, and Bohemians. It closely resembles its mother tongue, the

ancient Sanskrit. 8. Lithuanian, the language of the peasantry in Lithuania. Of all the

European languages it approximates nearest to the Sanskrit.

THE

LOW GERMANOR SAXON FAMILY.

This family includes the following dialects: (1.) The Frisian or Friesic; formerly prevailing in Friesland, north-east

of the Zuyder Zee, but now on the eve of extinction. (2.) The Dutch; spoken in Holland, and remarkable for the facility with

which it forms compound words. The oldest literary specimen is

from about the year 1280. (3.) The Platt Deutsch (i. e., Low German); spoken in northern Germany

by the common people, the descendants of the Old Saxons. The oldest specimen is Heliand (i. e., Saviour), a poem written in the

eighth or ninth century. (4.) The Anglo-Saxon; a dialect mixed of the idiom of the Angles and

that of the Saxons. The oldest poetical specimen extant probably the beginning of the Scripture paraphrase, by Cadmon, of the

seventh century. The Anglo-Saxon is the mother of the English, and, as such, is deserving of further attention from us.

GENEALOGY.

From what has been stated, the genealogy of the English language will be traced as follows: It is the daughter of the Anglo-Saxon dialect, of the Low Germanic family, of the Teutonic branch, of the Gothic division, of the Indo-European stock. The following diagram exhibits this relationship:

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