A Dictionary of English Etymology (Classic Reprint)

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IT requires only a superficial acquaintance with the principal languages of Europe to recognise their division into four or five main classes, each comprising a number of subordinate dialects, which have so much in common in their stock of words and in their grammatical structure, as irresistibly to impress us with the conviction that the peoples by whom they are spoken, are the progeny, with more or less mixture of foreign elements, of a common ancestry. If we compare German and Dutch, for instance, or Danish and Swedish, it is impossible in either case to doubt that the people speaking the pair of languages are a cognate race; that there was a time more or less remote when the ancestors of the Swabians and the Hollanders, or of the Danes and Swedes, were comprised among a people speaking a common language. The relation between Danish and Swedish is of the closest kind, that between Dutch and German a more distant one, and we cannot fail to recognise a similar relationship, though of more remote an origin, between the. Scandinavian dialects, on the one hand, and the Teutonic, on the other, - the two together forming what is called the Germanic class of Languages.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Hensleigh Wedgwood


Published Date - August 25 2019

ISBN - 9781333708474

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm

Page Count - 820

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