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A Minniature ov Inglish Orthoggraphy   By: (1721-1809)

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A MINNIATURE OV INGLISH ORTHOGGRAPHY .

TO' DHEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES, DHE PRINCE AND PRINCES OV WALES ; DHE DUKE AND DUTCHES OV YORK : ONNORED AZ UNDOUTED PATRONS AND PATTERNS OV EVVERY PROPRIETY: DHIS MINNIATURE

Ov Inglish Orthoggraphy,

UMBLY HOPES UNIVERSAL ACCEPTANCE; FROM DHE BENIGN PERMISSION OV BEING SO INSCRIBED, BY DHEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES DEVOTED SERVANT, James Elphinston .

A MINNIATURE OV

Inglish Orthoggraphy:

DEDDICATED TO' DHE PRINCE AND PRINCES OF WALES , DHE DUKE AND DUTCHES OV YORK:

BY JAMES ELPHINSTON.

LONDON :

SOLD (Price 1 Shilling and 6 Pence) BY W. RITCHARDSON, ROYAL EXCHAINGE; T. BOOSEY, N. 4, BRAUD STREET, DHARE; F. AND C. RIVVINGTON, N. 62; ST. PAULS CHURCHYARD; J. DEIGHTON, N. 325, HOLBORN; W. CLARK, N. 38, BOND STREET.

1795.

CONTENTS.

1. Introduccion 2. Orthoggraphy ascertained in dhe vowels, and dheir serviles 3. Vocal substitucion, licenced and licencious 4. Ov open and shut vowels 5. Ov dhe aspirates and dheir insertives 6. Ov redundant serviles 7. Ov impracticabel articulacion 8. Ov false aspiracion 9. Dhe guttural aspirate lost, or transmuted by moddern organs 10. Old R aspirate 11. Oddher antiquated idellers 12. Final fantoms, or dubblers ov final forms 13. Oddher falsifiers, medial or final; licquids or sibbilants; particcularly TI for a sibbilacion 14. Dhe orthoggraphy ov propper names 15. Dhe fundamental principel ov orthoggraphy 16. The orthographic riddle

A MINNIATURE OV INGLISH ORTHOGGRAPHY.

1. INTRODUCTION.

Hwen evvery oddher language, and at last our own, haz been reduced to' science; rendered accountabel to' natives, and accessibel to' straingers; hwence iz it, dhat our practice, growing daily more a contrast dhan an exemplificacion ov our theory, tempts ignorance to' speak, az blind habbit spels; raddher dhan to' dream ov spelling, az propriety exhibbits her unremitted harmony, hweddher in word or writing? For propriety, hwarevver herd, can be seen onely in her picture: nor can dhis be duly drawn, but from dhe oridginal; or dhe likenes long prezerved, in dhe coppies ov vulgarrity.

Scarce creddibel doz it seem, to' dhe anallogists ov oddher diccions, dhat hiddherto', in Inglish exhibiscion, evvery vowel and evvery consonant ar almoast az often falsifiers az immages ov dhe truith. Hetteroggraphy indeed, or false litterary picture, can arize onely from won, or a combinacion, ov foar cauzes: redundance, defiscience; mischoice, or misarraingement.

2. ORTHOGGRAPHY ASCERTAINED IN DHE VOWELS, AND DHEIR SERVILES.

It iz not now new, dhat evvery Inglish vowel haz, not onely a longuer and shorter, but even a different sound, az open or shut by a consonant; dho A braud , open and shut, differ but in quantity. Nor iz it yet a secret, dhat certain mutes, or silent letters, (espescially vocal quiescents,) ar named serviles ; rendering essencial az vizzibel service, boath to' vowels and consonants. Hware such gards ar wanted, dhey doutles wil attend; and, hwen dhey proov superfluous, az reddily widhdraw. Dhus dhe open vowel ov dhe simpel shuts, and dhe serviles vannish, in dhe penultimate ov dhe compound: shake , Shakspear ; chear , cherfool ; vine , vinyard , and dhe like. So formatives: stare and stair , starling ; steer , sterling ; shere , sherrif ; child , children ; kind , kindred ; know , knollege ; and dhe rest.

Evvery open ear must allow dhe aspiracion ( h ) to' articculate iniscially dhe braud vocal licquid ( w ); nor longuer imadgine dhat wh , apparent, can becom hw real; or dhat what , whale , wheels , can rascionally paint dhe power ov hwat , hwale , hweels ... Continue reading book >>




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