The Three Pronunciations of Latin: The Claims of Each Presented, and Reasons Given for the Use of the English Mode

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D. Appleton, 1885 - Latin language - 229 pages

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Page 148 - ... condition of English is an evil. There are many cases where a complex and cunningly-devised machine, dexterously guided, can do that which the congenital hand fails to accomplish ; but the computing of our losses and gains, the striking of our linguistic balance, belongs elsewhere. Suffice it to say, that English is not a language which teaches itself by mere unreflecting usage. It can only be mastered, in all its wealth, in all its power, by conscious, persistent labor...

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