A grammar of the Welsh language

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J. Smeeton, Press, 1803 - Welsh language - 166 pages
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Page 11 - I bridle in my struggling muse with pain, That longs to launch into a bolder strain.
Page 76 - preceded by another vowel, whatever letter follows, whether a vowel or a consonant. However this practice is too prevalent, and ought to be avoided, especially in elegant composition, and on solemn subjects. But there are causes where this elision prevents a disagreeable hiatus; particularly after the conjunctions A and NO,
Page 166 - A VINDICATION OF THE CELTS, from Ancient Authorities, with Obfervations on Mr. Pinkerton's Hypothefis, concerning the Origin of the European Nations in his Modern Geography, and
Page 37 - by TERMINATIONS. The PLURAL TERMINATIONS are numerous in Welsh; and they may be used indifferently for all words; though some are, by popular custom, appropriated to words of a particular character:
Page 35 - Thus the MASCULINE GENDER is' given to SUBSTANTIVES, which are conspicuous for the ATTRIBUTES of ENERGY; and of acting upon, and communicating to others. To such SUBSTANTIVES as seem to denote the PASSIVE ATTRIBUTES of bearing, containing, or bringing forth, we give the FEMININE GENDER.
Page 13 - principle of LITERAL MUTATION, as a regular system is peculiar to the Welsh; though the effect of such an aptitude in some of the LETTERS to change their sounds, is seen to pervade all languages. But it regulates some of the primary forms of construction in this tongue, as well with respect to syntax as to the composition of words. The
Page 13 - use of double and treble letters for those of simple forms in the original alphabet. There are NINE CONSONANTS susceptible of being affected by the principle of mutation, or which have their sounds modified, under certain forms of construction; and for representing such sounds so many secondary characters are used with the radicals. The MUTABLE CONSONANTS are, c, p, t—b, d, g—//,
Page 38 - Such a number of plural terminations, affords a vast scope for varying the expressions, and is particularly convenient for enriching poetical compositions.
Page 166 - 400 of the more rare Native Plants; intended as a Guide to future Tourifts. By the Rev. W.
Page 81 - they are the basis upon which the formation of all other VERBS depend, through their various INFLECTIONS. Or, strictly speaking, what appears as the INFLECTIONS are identified, on due examination, to be these PRIMITIVE VERBS affixed to NOUNS, so as to form a verbal characteristic, in the different moods and tenses. The PRIMARY VERBS embrace

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