Excerpt from A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language: Compiled From Various Sources; With Dialogues and Vocabulary
This little book is merely a compilation formed by the author in his own study of Turkish, and offered to other beginners as an aid towards acquain... tance with that language, in the present singular dearth of Turkish grammars and instruc tion books. The Eastern Problem has re-arisen in an absorbing manner to give new interest to a tongue spoken over so vast and important an Empire 3 while - apart from the advantage to the politician, the journalist, the educated English man, and the traveller of some knowledge of the Ottoman language - it is, for its own sake, well worth a scholar's passing attention, being scien tific in structure and in composition clear, con cise, and expressive. These rules, forms, dia logues, and vocabularies are condensed from many sources, with intent to convey that degree of knowledge upon which a limited but useful power of conversation can be built. The attemptvi preface.
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