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Encyclopedia > Sylvester Primer

Sylvester Primer was a linguist and philologist. Philology is the study of ancient texts and languages. ...

Born in Geneva, Wisconsin December 14, 1842, but moved to New York as a child. He served in the War Between the States under Sheridan and Custer in the 108th New York Infantry and the Fifteenth New York Cavalry and was wounded at Antietam. After the War, he took to language studies at Harvard (bachelor's degree, 1874), Leipzig, Göttingen and Strasbourg, receiving his Ph.D at the last institution in 1880. Geneva is a town located in Walworth County, Wisconsin. ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the United States – forces coming mostly from the 23 northern states of the Union – and the newly-formed Confederate States of America, which consisted of 11 southern states that had declared their secession. ... Sheridan is the name of several places in the United States of America: Sheridan, Indiana Sheridan, Michigan Sheridan, New York Sheridan, Oregon Sheridan, Wyoming Sheridan County, Kansas Sheridan is also the name of a battle tank developed by the United States army, named after General Philip H. Sheridan. ... George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 - June 25, 1876) was an American cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars who is best remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes, led by... Battle of Antietam Conflict American Civil War Date September 16–18, 1862 Place Near Sharpsburg, Maryland Result (Union strategic victory) The Battle of Antietam (known as the Battle of Sharpsburg in the South), fought on Wednesday, September 17, 1862 near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the first major battle of the American... Harvard, see Harvard (disambiguation) Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Map of Germany showing Leipzig   Leipzig? [ˈlaiptsɪç] (Polish; Sorbian/Lusatian: Lipsk) is the largest city in the federal state (Bundesland) of Saxony in Germany. ... Landmark Gänseliesel fountain at the main market Göttingen (   listen?) is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... City motto: – City proper (commune) Région Alsace Département Bas-Rhin (67) Mayor Fabienne Keller (UMP) (since 2001) Area 78. ...

He first directed scholarly attention towards the unique dialect of Charleston, South Carolina in a paper he delivered at the Modern Language Association of America in 1887. This pioneer work, "Charleston Provincialisms", is one of the first attempts to describe the speech of an American community and besides being published as part of the Transactions of the Modern Language Association, vol. III, p. 84-99; was also published in Europe in Phonetische Studien, vol. i, p. 227; and in the American Journal of Philology, IX (1888), p. 198-213. Motto: Fedes Mores Juraque Curat Nickname: The Holy City, The Palmetto City Location in South Carolina Founded  -Incorporated 1670   County Berkeley County & Charleston County Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. ...

Another piece on Charleston is entitled, "The Huguenot Element in Charleston's Provincialisms," published in Phonetische Studien, vol. iii, p. 139.

Besides teaching at the College of Charleston, he also taught at the Friend's School in Providence, RI and Colorado College. He joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1891, where he was professor of Germanic languages and director of the University's program in Romance languages. He died August 13, 1912. The College of Charleston (CofC) was founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785. ... The Colorado College is a private four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located at the foot of Pikes Peak, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ...

Among his other principle works are: "Dialectical Studies in West Virginia," published in Colorado College Studies (1891); "The Pronunciation of Fredericksburg, Va." in Pub. Modern Language Association, vol. v, p. 185.; also, "The Pronunciation Near Fredericksburg, Va.," published in the Proceedings of the American Philological Association (1889), p. xxv.

Also, Die Consonatische Deklination in den germanischen Sprachen (1880), and annotated scholarly editions of Lessing's Minna von Barnhelm (1889) and Nathan der Weise (1894)and Goethe's Egmont (1898). Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (January 22, 1729 - February 15, 1781), writer, philosopher, publicist, and art thinker, is the most outstanding German representative of the Enlightenment era. ... Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (pronounced [gø tə]) (August 28, 1749–March 22, 1832) was a German writer, politician, humanist, scientist, and philosopher. ...

His seminal works on Charleston's unique and vanishing dialect continue to be among the most important scholarly contributions to the subject today.



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