A compendious grammar of the Egyptian language as contained by Henry Tattam

By Henry Tattam

Excerpt from A Compendious Grammar of the Egyptian Language: As inside the Coptic, Sahidic, and Bashmuric Dialects; including Alphabets and Numerals within the Hieroglyphic and Enchorial Characters

In Rawlinson's Herodotus are the next observations. The Egyptian Language may possibly, from its grammar, seem to declare a Semitic foundation, however it is not certainly one of that relatives, just like the Arabic, Hebrew.

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But the vocabulary is small and inadequate for present-day use, being conspicuously weak in terms both for the implements and materials of modern civilised life and for abstract ideas' (Neve, 1912). Whether such views arose because monolinguals found it difficult to < previous page page_33 next page > < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 accept the existence of more than one language in a single country or because it was difficult for them to accept that subject people could also have languages rather than mere dialects, the belief that the languages of India were mere dialects, appears to have had wide support among British historians.

Here, for example, are the views of two historians of Kashmirboth Britishwho wrote about the language in the days of the Raj. Wrote one, 'The language of Kashmiris is, like their dress, peculiar, and distinct from that spoken in any part of India, or of the adjacent countries. It may be considered a patois rather than a language proper, and there is harshness and uncouthness about the pronunciation which betrays it as such. . Difficult to pronounce and difficult to acquire, it is generally incomprehensible to strangers'.

1991c) Bilingualism in Singapore: Tradition and change among the Chinese. Journal of the Institute for Asian Studies 18, 11745. Pakir, A. (1992a) English-knowing bilingualism in Singapore. In K. Ban, A. Pakir and C. K. Tong (eds) Imagining Singapore. Singapore: Times Academic Press, 23462. Pakir, A. (1992b) Two tongue tied: Bilingualism in Singapore. In G. Jones, and C. Ozog (eds) Papers Presented at the Conference on Bilingualism and National Development (Vol. 2, 100427). Brunei Darussalam, 912 December 1991.

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