Excerpt from A Manual of Comparative Philology: In Which the Affinity of the Indo-European Languages in Illustrated and Applied to the Primeval History of Europe, Italy, and Rome
The following pages are offered as a Manual for the study of Philology. A sufficient number of facts has now been established to admit of analysis and arrangement, and to take the subject out of the hands of the mere collector and antiquarian; and I propose here to treat it as a young Science, in the full and literal meaning of the word. Of course, many works with this View have already appeared but, for the greater part, they have been confined to a par ticular class of idioms, and been written in a foreign lan guage. The present treatise comprises the whole Indo European family, according to the latest German writers, Bopp and Pott; but its principal object is to illustrate the affinity of every idiom in Europe, and to approach towards a nearer acquaintance with the early history of our quarter of the world.
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