Excerpt from A Comparative Grammar of the Indo-Germanic Languages, Vol. 2: A Concise Exposition of the History of Sanskrit, Old Iranian (Avestic and Old Persian), Old Armenian, Greek, Latin, Umbro-Samnitic, Old Irish, Gothic, Old High German, Lithuanian and Old Church Slavonic; Morpho... logy (Stem-Formation and Inflexion), Part I
In the two years that have followed the translation Of the First Volume of the Grundriss der vergleichenden Sprachwissen schaft by Dr. (now Professor) Joseph Wright, the difficulty of the task has sensibly diminished. The methods and the nomen clature Of the scientific school Of Comparative Philology have found their way more and more into the work Of English teachers, and it has become far easier to decide what innovations can, and what cannot be reconciled with established usage. Such words, for example, as 'thematic', 'ablaut', 'analogical', 'conta mination, 'proethnic' are completely naturalised. The last we have universally adopted as the clearest equivalent Of the German ar prefixed to the name Of a group of languages: 'proethnic Greek' is Greek Older than the rise of its various dialects; 'pro ethnic indo-germanic', or more simply where there is no em biguity, 'the proethnic language' is the parent of the various families Of indo-germanic speech.
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