The Elements of Greek Grammar: With Notes for the Use of Those who Have Made Some Progress in the Language

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A.J. Valpy, 1820 - Greek language - 214 pages

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Page 161 - ... voice through mazes running, Untwisting all the chains that tie The hidden soul of harmony; That Orpheus...
Page 163 - For the proper modulation of speech, it is necessary that one syllable in every word should be distinguished by a tone, or an elevation of the voice. On this syllable the Accent is marked in the Greek language. This elevation does not lengthen the time of that syllable, so that Accent and Quantity are considered by the best critics as perfectly distinct, but by no means inconsistent with each other. That it is possible to observe both Accent and Quantity is proved by the practice of the modern Greeks,...
Page 204 - A, and others asserted that с was lengthened before the liquid. But there were passages, to which even these, and similar expedients were inapplicable. A successful effort was made by the great Bentley to remove these embarrassments. The restoration of the Digamma has at length vindicated the Poet, and displayed the harmonious beauties of his original versification.
Page 132 - Thou, nature, art my goddess ; to thy law My services are bound. Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom, and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines Lag of a brother ? Why bastard ? wherefore base?
Page 218 - Notes in English, from the most eminent Critics and Interpreters ; with Parallel Passages from the Classics, and with references to Vigerus for Idioms, and Bos for Ellipses.
Page 216 - Indices will be adopted, and carefully collated with the Text, to remove the present numerous faults in the references. The reference will be to the Book and Chapter, and not to the page, by which means the same Index will apply to all other editions. The Literaria Notitia from the Bipont Editions, continued to the present time, will be added.
Page 201 - The original Pelasgic, and the old Dialects of Greece, admitted few, or no Aspirates. The Digamma was early adopted to prevent the hiatus, which the concurrence of vowels would produce *. Aspirates were...
Page 6 - The four first are declined with Gender, Number, and Case. There are three GENDERS: Masculine, Feminine, and Neuter. There are three NUMBERS: The Singular speaks of one. The Dual2, of two, or a pair.
Page 203 - The use of the Digamma having been insensibly abolished by the introduction of Aspirates, the transcribers of the works of Homer neglected to mark it, and at length the vestiges of its existence were confined to a few ancient Inscriptions. The harmonious ear of the Poet had led him sedulously to avoid every hiatus of vowels ; but the absence of the Digamma made him inharmonious and defective.
Page 150 - Yorkers, r is pronounced when a vowel follows, as in four o'clock; even though the r is found at the end of a word, if the next word begins with a vowel, it is pronounced as a consonantal [r]. For most black speakers, r is still not pronounced in this position, and so never heard at the end of the word four. The white speaker is helped in his reading or spelling by the existence of the alternation...

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