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" The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs... "
The poems of Ossian, in the orig. Gaelic, with a tr. into Lat. by R ... - Page 408
by Ossian - 1807
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History in English Words

Owen Barfield - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1967 - 240 pages
...the European and Sanskrit languages. In 1786 Sir William Jones described that language as being 'of wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek,...than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than i9 either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms...
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Hindu-Christian Dialogue: Theological Soundings and Perspectives

Mariasusai Dhavamony - Religion - 2002 - 220 pages
...Hungarian and Finnish belong to the Finno-Ugrian family. The Sanskrit language, whatever be its amiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latm, and more exquisitely refmed than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both...
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The Handbook of Linguistics

Mark Aronoff, Janie Rees-Miller - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2003 - 840 pages
...The most repeated passage in linguistic history is Sir William Jones' (17461794) statement in 1786: The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity,...exquisitely refined than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly...
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Fortunes of History: Historical Inquiry from Herder to Huizinga

Donald R. Kelley - History - 2008 - 448 pages
...historical inquiry. The central insight was expressed by William Jones in 1786 in this way: "The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful...exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of the verbs and the forms of the grammar, than could...
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Christians and Missionaries in India: Cross-cultural Communication Since ...

Robert Eric Frykenberg, Alaine M. Low - Religion - 2003 - 419 pages
...His words were to become the basis for studies in comparative linguistics. Jones said: The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful...exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affmity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly...
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Imagining Hinduism: A Postcolonial Perspective

Sharada Sugirtharajah - Religion - 2003 - 164 pages
...poets and philosophers such as Homer, Plato, and Pindar. Jones speaks of the Sanskrit language as being "more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either" (ibid.: 26). 2S Jones' representation of Hinduism needs to be seen in the light of his predetermined...
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The Variegated Plumage: Encounters with Indian Philosophy : a Commemoration ...

Narendranath B. Patil - Hindu philosophy - 2003 - 387 pages
...1786, William Jones sparked off the discovery of comparative and historical philology: "The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of...
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Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History

Joseph Lennon - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 478 pages
..."On the Hindus" and first convincingly demonstrated a linguistic connection between India and Europe: The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity,...exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly...
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Romantische Wissenspoetik: die Künste und die Wissenschaften um 1800

Gabriele Brandstetter, Gerhard Neumann - Arts - 2004 - 418 pages
...über die Klarheit der Sanskritsprache von William Jones verstärkten die Idealisierungen: The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful...exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a strenger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar than could possibly...
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The Linguistics Encyclopedia

Kirsten Malmkjær, Professor Kirsten Malmkjaer - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2002 - 643 pages
...the same origin, which perhaps no longer existed. In his words (in Lehmann 1967: 15): The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful...exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly...
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