This version constitutes a reprint of Niels Ege’s English translation of Rasmus Rask’s prize essay of 1818, which seemed as quantity XXVI within the Travaux du Cercle Linguistique de Copenhague in 1993. The prize essay was once released in Danish in 1818. unlike different works by means of Rask, significantly his advent to the examine of Icelandic, it used to be by no means reissued till Louis Hjelmslev released a corrected model in Danish as a part of his version of Rask’s chosen works. whereas Rask lived, a considerable a part of the e-book used to be translated into German. the current paintings is, notwithstanding, the single translation of the paintings into English and certainly into the other language. it truly is to be was hoping that the sector of the background of linguistics will hereby obtain a brand new impetus to scrutinize the early beginnings of Indo-European scholarship. yet, simply as importantly, the interpretation of this paintings of genius finds that no matter if info within the large therapy of a few of the branches of language have now been outdated, the theoretical elements of the e-book are nonetheless worthy analyzing via all linguists for his or her personal sake.
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