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The River-Names of Europe

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Author: Robert Ferguson
Published: 1862
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,520 / 117 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.9
Downloads: 507
Added to site: 2011.12.14 31092
Genre: Nature

An effort to arrange and explain the names ofEuropean Rivers.

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e, Ohm, Orre, and Bordau, appear in charters of the 8th and 9th cent., as the Bilena, Amana, Oorana, and Bordine. And in France the Isara and the Oscara have in modern times become respectively the Oise and the Ousche; in both these two cases the ending er has been dropped; for Oise=is, not isar; and Ousche=osc, not oscar.

This latter principle is indeed only in accordance with the general tendency of language towards what Max Mueller terms "phonetic decay"--a principle which seems less active in the rude than in the cultivated stages of society. It would appear as if civilization sought to compensate itself for the increased requirements of its expression, by the simplification of its forms, and the rejection of its superfluous sounds.

Upon the whole then I think that as the general rule these endings have been given in the first instance, and that they have but rarely accrued in after times. Such being the case, though in one point of view they may



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