Excerpt from Lockspeise: Or Inducement to the Study of the German Language by the Removal of the Last Serious Difficulty in the Way of a Beginner
It is said that the German Grammar is the youngest in Europe, and that it had scarcely any decided form until within the last 150 ... years. To Klopstock, the credit has been given of having systematized it to an extent far beyond his predecessors but the decided form and system may be applied to error as well as to truth which appears from the length of time and the extent to which all German Grammarians, until the philosophical researches of the above mentioned and learned men, worked more or less on the exploded notion of the principles of Grammar being identical in all languages: that there are common principles is not doubted, though it may well be that they have ever been well ascertained at all events, laid down with clearness and precision.
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