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A SELECTION OF GEOGRAPHICAL PROPER NAMES AND DERIVATIVES.

LUNENBURG, Ms..
PUBLISHED BY EDMUND CUSHING,

1834

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF THE
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

DISTRICT OP MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:

District Clerk's Oferta BE IT AS**MBERER, That on the twenty-eighth day of January, A. D. 1828, in the fifty-r-cond of the Independence of the United States of America, Charles Ewer, of the said District, has deposited liat tole office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

"Stereotype Edition. Walker's Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language, abridged for the Use of Schools: containing a Compendium of the Principles of English Pronunciation, with the Propor Names that occur in the Sacred Scriptures; lo which is likewise added, a Selection of Geographical Proper Names and Derivatives.”

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, " An Act for the encouragement of learning, by socuring the copies of maps, charla, and books, to tas autors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned." and also to an act, entitled, " An Act supp.ementary to ad aci, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of earning, by secaring the copies of mapa, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending che benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historica, and other printa."

JOHN W. DAVIS,
Clork of the District of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE

DOUBTLESS the Critical Pronouncing Dictionary of Ms. Walker 3 the best guide to a correct and elegant pronunciation of our lauguage of which we can at present boasts It should not, however, be considered as a perfect standa. I of orthoëpy; for such it does not profess to be. Imperfection adheres to every work of man. The most finished prow ductions of art, and the most successful works of genius, are not free from defect. The eminent orthoëpists who preceded Mr. Walker did much, but they also left much to be done. He has combined the results of their labours, and added to them the fruits of his own investi: gations. And, though he has not given to the world a faultless work, it is much to be doubted whether any lexicographer will ever approach nearer than he has done to the establishing a correct standard. Mr. Walker does not claim for his work the merit of originality; but, sensible of the assistance he had derived from the labours of others, in the preface to the first edition of his dictionary, he acknowledges his obligations to Mr. Elphinston," who, by a deep investigation of the analogies of our tongue, has laid the foundation of a just and regular pronunciation;"_to Dr. Kenrick“ for the improvement in which the words are divided into syllables as they are pronounced, and figures placed over the vowels, to indicate their different sounds;"—to Mr. Sheridan, “who not only divided the words into syllables, and placed figures over the vowels, as Dr. Kenrick had done, but, by spelling these syllables as they are pronounced, seemed to complete the idea of a Pronouncing Dictionary, and

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