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O exhibit by extraneous characters, with propriety or success, any Lan
guage whatever, can hardly be expected ; and as no less than three concur in the formation of the Hindoostanee, accumulated difficulties, with the failure of my philological predecessours herein, have deterred me from expressing it by the Roman alone ; with this therefore, besides taking some indirpensable liberties, I have regularly contrasted in my orthographical fynopsis below, its Arabic, Persian, and Hinduwee correlatives; that every
scholar it in his power to collate the English letters with their several homogeneous prototypes, and, assisted by an expert moonshee, correct my system, wherever it is found to be anomalous, defective, erroneous, or redundant.
To prove the necessity of adopting some such plan now, would only be repeating all that an elegant writer has already urged thereon, but which I had not the good fortune to meet with, till the publication of my Dictionary, in great measure, precluded from these sheets much of the instruction resulting from the only valuable and scientific dissertation that I know, on this interesting subject(a). Though the method of rendering Asiatic words here has been stu
(2) See Asiatic Researches, Vol. I. page I.
diously مرده ,abur amber
,Moofee Mofes موسی
diously founded more on the Orthoepy, than Orthography, of their respective character and language, the latter hath nevertheless been treated with due attention on many occasions ; to avoid, if possible, the solid objections that may be started against the rigid adoption of either of these guides, to the entire exclusion of the other. Conformably to the first delo s Asufool doulu (the present Nuwwab)
purduh a curtain, 5 kib that, Gyvão tuqwee piety, wylo suloot prayer--will ever be found, is the present work, thus, Asuf ood doulu (or Asu food doulu) umbur, purdu, ki, Moosa, tuqwa, sulat ; the natives invariably pronouncing them in this way, as nobody, surely, would distract a foreigner with colonel (kurnil) who barely wished to learn the oral denomination of a gentleman holding such a rank in our service; were more required, Sheridan could easily be consulted, and the foregoing examples being also inserted in their original symbols, the inquisitive reader is enabled at the same time to acquire their actual orthography, should he be at all solicitous about it here, which, I imagine, will very seldom be the case. On the contrary, ujs hawun (or buwan ) a mortar, las fufeel a rampart, clijk gööful a lock, will be found so in the Dictionary; although by a general, but vitious, metathesis, they might be more familiarly written humam, fufeel, qöðluf; and to prevent the introduction of heterogenous vowels in words like ornament, ut! bjí azmaesh trial, y khood self, um so kloosh pleasant, I prefer this mode, to azmaish, khöish, which may perhaps be a trifle nearer : ' the true pronunciation, but would break in upon the systematical restric
tion of e, to ţ and i to a solicitude that should it lead me in one or two very trivial instances, a little astray,) will probably in the end conduce much to the learner's improvement, by preserving the general conformity between the primitive and typical letters exhibited in the sketch below. The above will tend to illustrate the principles on
which is conducted; but to dwell longer upon it in this place, would be anticipating what properly belongs to the alphabet itself. I who see the absurdity of being wedded fo 'far to my own method, as to imagine it will ever be generally followed, naturally expect, that it must take the chance of being treated with the same freedom, that has been used by myself with regard to others: an event rather to be wished for than deprecated, since no
thing injures science so much, as a servile and implicit reliance on the labours of those who have preceded us, in, any branch of literature whatever. If the subject now treated of, can never arrive at perfection, a spirit of exertion, and enquiry, becomes the more requisite, for its progressive improvement, to the ne plus ultra, that may soon be reasonably expected from the united efforts of our indefatigable countrymen in this extensive empire; won by their valour, supported by their wisdom, and which will most likely be better managed, and longer preserved, by our becoming every day more intimately acquainted with the languages, laws, religion, manners, policy, and interests, of its innumerable and multifarious inhabitants.
The present work being expressly designed for the improvement and advantage of British subječts only, a general or continental pronunciation has been little attended to; such foreigners, however, as may honour the orthographical table and notes with a careful perusal, will perceive that they are by no means neglected; though I have certainly left them the merit and trouble of expressing or illustrating my system, in whatever way, may be deemed most congenial with their own language and its immediate symbols. When English letters are used to denote founds here which they never have in that language, an arbitrary mark (6) enlarges, restricts, or varies their powers ; that each may have its own separate and distinct character, and this its definite appropriated sound; whence
Hindoostanee word may be uniformly and easily rendered, by annalogous representative signs, as all our combinations, and letters, already adapted to my purpose, are assiduously retained; while every one that is servile, mute, ambiguous, unnecessary, and superfluous, has either been modified or expunged, but with the caution and judgement requisite to all innovations: it having been
(6) š, ř, ř, with their aspirates å, h, říh, říh, are much harsher than our d, r, t,; also aspirated by d,h &c. which will be made more obvious elsewhere: gh, kh, are the harsh guttural g and k; while gih, k,h, exhibit these letters fully aspirated—q also is a deep guttural k. The ph in uphill not. of Philip. The n ? stone, it is our n of any, fung, &c. the combination ng, being the same in the Hindoostanec as in our own language : zh is the of measure. Ő and cờ are short, as in shook, shock; and not the long 09,o in toal, toll. Ya, yo, &c. of yawn, yoke. Should this note, however," be considered premature, nothing can be more easy than to proceed without it.
my invariable aim to unite simplicity with precision, that this subject may; if
Hinduwee is,' like European languages, the reverse of Per-
To facilitate the acquisition of the Hindoostanee language, therefore, and to preserve the uniformity requisite in a Dictionary, it became as incumbent on me to apply the foregoing letters even to Hinduwee words, as our lexicographers at home find it necessary to exhibit the component parts of their leveral languages, whether Grecian, Latin, Celtic, or Saxon, in one uniform
an alphabet confined to the Hindu-
, character ; this being no further useful than to support, and confirm, by the testimony of the natives, all that I may advance, since not above five in one hundred readers will take that trouble themselves.