Grammatical notices of the Asamese language (Google eBook)

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Printed at the American Baptist Mission Press, 1848 - Assamese language - 80 pages
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Page iv - ... Introduction to his Grammatical Notes on the Assamese Language, in 1846; "The Assamese is often regarded as merely a corrupt form of the Bengali, by persons who become acquainted with that language previous to their arrival in Assam. Finding so large a proportion of words common to Bengali and Assamese, and not considering that this similarity necessarily results from the derivation of these languages from Sanskrit, the common parent of both, it has been hastily concluded that the Assamese is...
Page iii - Sanskrit, or whether it was formed by engrafting the Sanskrit upon some original native stock now extinct, is uncertain ; the latter however, is the more probable opinion. With what languages this original stock may have been affiliated, is an interesting, but difficult inquiry; as but very few...
Page iv - ... language previous to their arrival in Assam. Finding so large a proportion of words common to Bengali and Assamese, and not considering that this similarity necessarily results from the derivation of these languages from Sanskrit, the common parent of both, it has been hastily concluded that the Assamese is but an uncouth jargon, formed by the incorporation of Bengali with the various dialects of the country. The opinion that the present language of Bengali is the parent of Assamese is irreconcilable...
Page iv - Most probably, Dr. Nathan Brown was the first grammarian to dismiss this idea that Assamese could be a dialect of Bengali. He ,wrote in the Introduction to his Grammatical Notes on the Assamese Language, in 1846; "The Assamese is often regarded as merely a corrupt form of the Bengali, by persons who become acquainted with that language previous to their arrival in Assam. Finding so large a proportion of words common to Bengali and Assamese, and not considering that this similarity necessarily results...
Page xii - Asamese the sound fluctuates between long and short o, as in the two syllables of the word morrow.
Page iii - The author vindicates the use of a single s in Asam and Asamese on the ground that it is single in the original ; as also by the usage of
Page ix - The orthography of this work was found to correspond much better with the actual pronunciation than any other that had been met...
Page iv - ... examined- The names of common and familiar objects are those which longest resist the encroachments of a foreign tongue; and a further com...
Page iv - Siamese, is now understood only by a few Ahom priests, who still preserve their old religion. The...
Page viii - Sanskrit, and others as far as practicable, in accordance with the orthography of that language; 2.

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