By Louis Benloew

The German-born philologist Louis Benloew (1818-1900) studied at Berlin, Leipzig and Göttingen prior to settling in France. Aperçu général de los angeles technology comparative des langues (first released in 1858) is his best-known paintings. during this moment version of 1872, including his personal additional examine at the Celtic languages, he makes use of the comparative learn of grammar and vocabulary to spot relationships among languages and to categorise them into households. no longer all of his conclusions - particularly these connecting the so-called Japhetic (i.e. Indo-European) kinfolk to the Semitic languages - are nonetheless accredited, however the bold scope of his paintings and the diversity of his world-wide comparisons offer an invaluable perception into the kingdom of linguistic study within the mid-nineteenth century.

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33 — logie est peu aise*e a trouver. Ce sont surtoul dn ou dn, out,i, i , eh, dm, et quelques autres que Ton rencontre Ires rarement. On sait que la de"clinaison se"mitique ne se forme pas a l'aide de desinences, comme la de"clinaison des langues indo-europe"ennes. Le pluriel et le duel y sont designes par les suffixes im et aim pour le masculin, et 6th pour le feminin. Leur e"tymologie n'est nullement claire; on peut supposer si Ton veut que im se rattache a une racine am ou amam (etre nombreux), a im (avec) ou a'm (peuple), ou encore a jam (la mer).

Qui; mais aussi un tres grand nombre de participes se forment seulement par une certaine modification des voyelles du preterit. Ainsi kdtal (il a tu6), participe actif: kotel; participe passif: katoul; niktal (il a &e tue), participe : niktal On peut dire la meme chose des infinitifs et des imperatifs. Ainsi de kdtal, infinitif: Midi (tuer); imperatif: k'tol (tue); de kittel (iteratif), infinitif et impe'ratif: kattel (tuer ou tue fre"quemment). Mais d'autresfois ces deux modes, pour se former, ont re- — 32 — cours a un he place" devant la racine.

Toutefois, on ne saurait nier quela langue, pour exprimer de certaines modifications de la pense"e, n'ait parfois recours a une me"thode que j'appellerai symboliqve ou virfuelle, comme lorsque le genre feminin est habituellement indique" par un i ou un a longs, ou la derivation interne par l'allongement et la modification de la voyelle radicale (1). L'allongement se rencontre frequemment en sanserif. II consiste dans l'insertion d'un a bref, guna, ou d'un a long, wriddhi. Parexemple: Kimti, nom propre; Kaunteja, descendant de Kunti.

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