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Page iii - There is hardly a language which in one sense may not be called a mixed language. No nation or tribe was ever so completely isolated as not to admit the importation 'of a certain number of foreign words. In some instances these imported words have changed the whole native aspect of the language, and have even acquired a majority over the native element.
Page iii - Assamese is the language usually spoken by the entire population of the Brahmaputra Valley, and in most cases it is the only medium of intercourse with the bordering Hill Tribes. There is nothing to show that the Assamese race and their language have not existed in this Valley from time immemorial; and it is surprising that, during the change of rulers, the oppression and misrule to which they have been subjected, there are so few traces of any material change in their language.
Page 63 - The statues represent male figures draped with a shawl-like cloth worn on the left shoulder and under the right arm so as to leave the right arm free which recalls the upaveta mode peculiar to India discovered during the later vedic age.
Page 558 - often affixed to the first and second persons of verbs to denote plurality " (Bronson), as in karonhank
Page 26 - America ; especially when unaccented, as in the word ^T^Tl" atai, all. It never has the broad sound of a in hall, so common in Bengali. except what is produced by accent; to which the Sanskrit distinction of long and short, denoted by the two characters...
Page 305 - Sankranti is the name given to the first day of the solar month ; that is to say, to the day on which the sun passes from one sign of the Zodiac to another.
Page 234 - Spawn, the spawn is crumbled into small particles and as much as can be taken up between the thumb and two fingers used instead of a nut-sized piece of manure spawn.
Page v - As the language has hitherto no standard and has been used vaguely, like all other first attempts of this kind must be left more or less imperfect. No word however has been allowed to pass without careful examination and when doubts have existed the oldest and the best informed of the people have been consulted.
Page 538 - night," being the night of the fourteenth day of the moon's wane, in the month Magha, or Magha-phalguna, a rigorous .fast with cstraordinary ceremonies in honour of the Sivalinga, or Phallus.