Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 16

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Harvard University Press, 1905 - Classical philology

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Page 23 - O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention ! A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene...
Page 23 - On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth So great an object: can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques That did affright the air at Agincourt? O, pardon! since a crooked figure may Attest in little place a million; And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work.
Page 23 - Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts ; Into a thousand parts divide one man, And make imaginary puissance : Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them Printing their proud hoofs i...
Page 69 - The direction of movement is towards flectionless languages (such as Chinese, or to a certain extent Modern English) with § 5. It is impossible to decide the case between Bopp's and Jespersen's hypotheses upon the basis of either historical or comparative grammar, and Brugmann therefore very properly declines to enter upon the question of the origin of formatives (suffixes and root-determinatives) : 'These1 terms [suffix, prefix, etc.] all presuppose a certain2 original independence, such as the...
Page 76 - the number of actual forms proved beyond a doubt to have originated through agglutination is very small ; the three or four instances named above [viz. the Scandinavian passive voice, the Romance future tense, and the Scandinavian suffixed article] are everywhere appealed to, but are there so many more than these? And are they numerous -enough to justify so general an assertion ? ' If the number of well-established cases of semantic agglutination in the Indo-European languages is so small, a number...
Page 150 - Fortunae gravesque principum amicitias et arma nondum expiatis uncta cruoribus, periculosae plenum opus aleae, tractas et incedis per ignes suppositos cineri doloso.
Page 84 - Quaerat etiam sitne apud Graecos vis quaedam sexti casus et apud nos quoque septimi. Nam cum dico 'hasta percussi', non utor ablativi natura, nee si idem Graece dicam, dativi.
Page 64 - The attempts to analyze grammatical forms are not simply airy speculations, they do not rest wholly upon assumptions and imaginary constructions of single scholars, but are ultimately based upon a considerable mass of definite linguistic...
Page 69 - ... sees that we have sometimes to deal with the reverse process of inseparable parts of words gradually gaining independence, will have to look out for a better or less ambiguous word than synthesis for the conditions of primitive speech. What in the later stages of language is analyzed or dissolved, in the earlier stages was unanalysable or indissoluble ; " entangled " or "complicated " would therefore be better renderings of our impression of the first state of things.
Page 70 - Primitive linguistic units must have been much more complicated in point of meaning, as well as much longer in point of sound, than those with which we are most familiar.

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