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Whitney, William Dwight 1827-1894

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Works: 340 works in 1,740 publications in 10 languages and 12,481 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Dictionaries  Atlases  Sacred books  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Textbooks  Legends  Juvenile works  Fiction  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Arranger, Contributor, Composer, Other
Classifications: PE1625, 423
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A Sanskrit grammar : including both the classical language, and the older dialects, of Veda and Brahmana by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

239 editions published between 1879 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Latin is key to the study of Western classics, so Sanskrit is the language of ancient Indian literature. This guide begins with an introduction to the Sanskrit alphabet, followed by a treatment of the accent -- its changes in combination, inflection, and tone. Succeeding chapters discuss declension, conjugation, parts of speech, more
The life and growth of language: an outline of linguistic science by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

217 editions published between 1875 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present work needs only a few words by way of introduction. That its subject calls for treatment in the series of which it forms a part, especially at this time, when men's crude and inconsistent views of language are tending to crystallize into shape, no labored argument is required to prove. Very discordant opinions as to the basis and superstructure of linguistic philosophy are vying for the favor, not of the public only, but even of scholars, already deeply versed in the facts of language-history, but uncertain and comparatively careless of how these shall be coordinated and explained. Physical science on the one side, and psychology on the other, are striving to take possession of linguistic science, which in truth belongs to neither. The doctrines taught in this volume are of the class of those which have long been widely prevalent among students of man and his institutions; and they only need to be exhibited as amended and supported, not crowded out or overthrown, by the abundant new knowledge which the century has yielded, in order to win an acceptance well-nigh universal. They who hold them have been too much overborne hitherto by the ill-founded claims of men who arrogate a special scientific or philosophic profundity"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Language and the study of language; twelve lectures on the principles of linguistic science by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

176 editions published between 1867 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Century dictionary and cyclopedia; a work of universal reference in all departments of knowledge, with a new atlas of the world by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

49 editions published between 1889 and 1914 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

V. 1A-C; v.C-D; v.3 D-G; v.4 H-L; v.5 M-P; v.6 P-S; v.7 S-T; V.8 T-Z; v.9 Proper names; 10 Atlas; v.11 new volume A-L; 12 new volume M-Z, proper names
The roots, verb-forms, and primary derivatives of the Sanskrit language. A supplement to his Sanskrit grammar by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

57 editions published between 1885 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Century dictionary and cyclopedia, with a new atlas of the world; a work of general reference in all departments of knowledge( Book )

14 editions published between 1911 and 1915 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whitney on language; selected writings of William Dwight Whitney by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

9 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oriental and linguistic studies by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

33 editions published between 1872 and 1987 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is at the suggestion and by the advice of friends in whose judgment I have more confidence than in my own, that I put forth this volume of collected essays. The subjects of which they treat are now engaging not a little attention from scholars and from men of reading, and, although much written upon, are yet very far from being exhausted. The paper on the Vedas was, so far as I know, the very first in which the main results of modern study respecting the most ancient period in Indian history were made accessible in English. When it was prepared, I had been attending during two seasons upon the lectures and, other instructions of Professor Roth, of Tubingen, and, to an extent so considerable that it calls for special acknowledgment here, the exhibition of the subject was a digest of his teachings. It, as well as the essays that follow it, is left in the main as it was originally drawn up; although there are, naturally enough, passages to which, if the essays were to be produced anew, I should give a somewhat different coloring. The Avestan article has been rewritten, especially in its bibliographical portion, so as to be brought down to the present time as regards the notices of European scholars and their works. The essays bearing upon the science of language will be found, I trust, not less called for than the rest by the circumstances of the time. Notwithstanding all that has been doing of late for the furtherance of this science, even its fundamental principles are still subjects of the widest difference of opinion, and of lively controversy. In Germany itself, where the methods of comparative philology have received an elaboration and a definite and fruitful application elsewhere unequaled and unapproached, linguistic science remains far behind; opinions are still in a state almost to be termed chaotic, and one comparative philologist of rank and fame after another comes forward with doctrines that are paradoxical or wholly indefensible. The main truths--that, on the one hand, the capacity of speech is an endowment of human nature, not, however, the only characteristic one, nor a simple one, but the sum and combined effect of qualities which have other and hardly less characteristic modes of exhibition; that every language, on the other hand, is a concrete result of the working out of that capacity, an institution of gradual historic growth, a part of the culture of the race to which it belongs, and handed down by tradition, from teacher to learner, like every other part of culture; and hence, that the study of language is a historical science, to be pursued by historical methods--these truths I have attempted to inculcate, persuaded that there is no other sound and defensible basis for linguistic science"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Essentials of English grammar : for the use of schools by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

70 editions published between 1847 and 2013 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Century dictionary; an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language( Book )

13 editions published in 1889 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atharva-veda Saṁhitā by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

44 editions published between 1855 and 2007 in English and Sanskrit and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hindu canonical text with English explanation and critical introduction
A compendious German and English dictionary, with notation of correspondences and brief etymologies by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

26 editions published between 1877 and 1915 in English and Multiple languages and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compendious German grammar by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

38 editions published between 1869 and 1901 in English and Undetermined and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atharva-Veda-Samhita by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

10 editions published between 1905 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report on the geology of the Lake Superior land district: by J. W Foster( Book )

3 editions published in 1851 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich Schiller( Book )

6 editions published between 1877 and 1894 in German and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Schiller completed Wilhelm Tell as a 'New Year's Gift for 1805' he foretold that it would cause a stir. He was right. In the midst of Great Power politics a play that drew substance from one of the fourteenth-century liberation movements proved both attractive and inflammatory. Since then the work has become immensely popular. This new English translation by William F. Mainland brings out the essential tragicomic nature of Wilhelm Tell but also emphasizes its impressive formal unity."
A German reader in prose and verse : with notes and vocabulary by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

19 editions published between 1869 and 1880 in English and German and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oriental and linguistic studies; The Veda; The Avesta; The science of language by William Dwight Whitney( Book )

13 editions published between 1872 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is at the suggestion and by the advice of friends in whose judgment I have more confidence than in my own, that I put forth this volume of collected essays. The subjects of which they treat are now engaging not a little attention from scholars and from men of reading, and, although much written upon, are yet very far from being exhausted. The paper on the Vedas was, so far as I know, the very first in which the main results of modern study respecting the most ancient period in Indian history were made accessible in English. When it was prepared, I had been attending during two seasons upon the lectures and, other instructions of Professor Roth, of Tubingen, and, to an extent so considerable that it calls for special acknowledgment here, the exhibition of the subject was a digest of his teachings. It, as well as the essays that follow it, is left in the main as it was originally drawn up; although there are, naturally enough, passages to which, if the essays were to be produced anew, I should give a somewhat different coloring. The Avestan article has been rewritten, especially in its bibliographical portion, so as to be brought down to the present time as regards the notices of European scholars and their works. The essays bearing upon the science of language will be found, I trust, not less called for than the rest by the circumstances of the time. Notwithstanding all that has been doing of late for the furtherance of this science, even its fundamental principles are still subjects of the widest difference of opinion, and of lively controversy. In Germany itself, where the methods of comparative philology have received an elaboration and a definite and fruitful application elsewhere unequaled and unapproached, linguistic science remains far behind; opinions are still in a state almost to be termed chaotic, and one comparative philologist of rank and fame after another comes forward with doctrines that are paradoxical or wholly indefensible. The main truths--that, on the one hand, the capacity of speech is an endowment of human nature, not, however, the only characteristic one, nor a simple one, but the sum and combined effect of qualities which have other and hardly less characteristic modes of exhibition; that every language, on the other hand, is a concrete result of the working out of that capacity, an institution of gradual historic growth, a part of the culture of the race to which it belongs, and handed down by tradition, from teacher to learner, like every other part of culture; and hence, that the study of language is a historical science, to be pursued by historical methods--these truths I have attempted to inculcate, persuaded that there is no other sound and defensible basis for linguistic science"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
 
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A Sanskrit grammar : including both the classical language, and the older dialects, of Veda and Brahmana
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Dwight-Whitney, William 1827-1894

Whitney 1827-1894

Whitney, Guglielmo Dwight

Whitney, W. D.

Whitney, W.D. 1827-1894

Whitney, W. D. (William Dwight), 1827-1894

Whitney, William 1827-1894

Whitney, William D.

Whitney, William D. 1827-1894

Whitney, William [Dwight], 1827-1894

William D. Whitney

William Dwight Whitney Amerikaans lexicograaf (1827-1894)

William Dwight Whitney US-amerikanischer Orientalist

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The life and growth of language: an outline of linguistic scienceLanguage and the study of language; twelve lectures on the principles of linguistic scienceEssentials of English grammar : for the use of schoolsChange in language : Whitney, Bréal, and WegenerLa linguistique du XXe siècle