Excerpt from A Double Grammar, of English and Gaelic: In Which the Principles of Both Languages Are Clearly Explained; Containing the Grammatical Terms, Definitions, and Rules, With Copious Exercises for Parsing and Correction
Though the inhabitants of the Highlands do now, f... or the most part, acquire the art of reading English and Gaelic to a competent degree, only a limited number ever becomes acquainted with the Grammar of the former, while that of the latter is entirely neglected. This sad neglect is to be much regretted, as a grammatical knowledge of the Gaelic would evidently conduce much to facilitate the art of reading and understanding it, and also English, perfectly; render the task more pleasant and valuable to the learner; at the same time preserve the purity of the language, and arm it against the inroads of numerous corruptions.
Among the few Gaelic Grammars hitherto published, we find none defining the principles of Grammar in both lan guages. In these the subject is generally treated of in a style of hard English, either too lofty or too prolix for the capacity of a Highland schoolboy, whose familiar language is the Gaelic, it being more suited to the capacity of the learned.
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