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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ... 124 CHANGE OF CHARACTERISTIC. CHAP. IV. OF ABSTRACTION (continued). THIS chapter is devoted to such substantives as are received from the past tense of verbs, formed by the various changes of the characteristic vowel, or vowel or diphthong, which in Anglo-Saxon immediately precedes the infinitive terminations an, gan, &c. Those from i or y are most numerous, but some from a, e, &c. will be found intermixed in the following alphabetical arrangement. And these will be interesting not only as curious specimens of etymological sagacity, but as furnishing further and less familiar instances in illustration of our Author's doctrine, that a great multitude of abstract terms existing in our language have been supplied by past participles used substantively, that is, with a substantive (an aliquid) always understood. In selecting from the great number produced, I shall prefer first those which assign a common origin to a large family of words, most remote in their customary applications, and whose relationship was before undetermined, and then a few less extensively related, but entitled to regard from the novelty they claim. Though much that is here presented has been transferred to our grammars of the better class, it will be necessary to lay before the reader sufficient to facilitate bis apprehension of the apparently strange changes that have taken place in the mode of writing and speaking the same word, when taking a different direction in its usage; preserving to each mode its different usage, without losing sight of its one original meaning. It will also be necessary to premise a brief statement of the mode pursued or rules adopted by our ancestors in forming the past participle. The only mode they had was to add ed or en, either to the...

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