A Compendious Grammar of the Old Northern Or Icelandic Language
"The first Icelandic grammar published outside of Scandinavia. It is based upon Rask's Kortfattet Vejledning til det Oldnordiske eller gamle Islandiske Sprog. Köbenhavn, 1832; but it represents much original work; especially in the sections devoted to inflection and in the treatment of the syntax. The translation was made in 1834-5, but was not printed until 1838. On account of Mr. Marsh's absence from Burlington at the time, the volume was disfigured by so many typographical errors that he never put it upon the market, though copies were freely given to scholars. See the article in the Nation, v.35, p.94....-Marsh Library Catalogue, p. 440.
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adjectives adverbs ancient brendist coalesces compounds consonant contracted corresponds dative declension declined definite form diphthong dropped Edda ending fagra feminine final syllable genders genitive gripit h a n n h vert Icelandic inflection insert irregular kallaņr kallast masc masculines merki modern dialect neut neuter Njįla Njįls Saga nouns numbers occurs participle passive Past sing peir periphrasis pessi preceded preposition pron pronoun Saga second person signification singular sjį skip skipan skjöldr Snorra Edda sometimes spaka spakari spöku spöku spöku substantive supine syllable talinn telit terminal syllables third person tion tive tvau urum v i ö verbs verit veröa verses viš vowel vowel-change words
Page ix - Iceland ; and it must suffice to remark, that in the opinion of those most competent to judge, it has never been surpassed, if equalled, in all that gives value to that portion of history which consists in spirited delineations of character, and faithful and lively pictures of events, among nations in a rude state of society.
Page ix - Icelandic literature has never been surpassed, if equaled, in all that gives value to that portion of history which consists of spirited delineations of character and faithful and lively pictures of events among nations in a rude state of society. " That the study of the Old Northern tongue may have an important bearing on English grammar and etymology, will be obvious, when it is known that the Icelandic is most closely allied to the Anglo-Saxon, of which so few monuments are extant; and a slight...