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Thursday, 05 October 2006

Caught in the Web of Words by K.M. Elisabeth Murray

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■日本語訳 Translation into Japanese

七歳のとき、彼はわくわくするような発見をした。両親が取っていた定期刊行物の一八四四年版『児童のための伝道雑誌』に載った、中国語訳のヨハネ伝の一ページがそれである。彼は金釘流でこれを何度も写し取っているうちに、各欄に繰り返し出て来るのを見たり英文と比べたりして、しまいには「太初(はじめ)」、「神」、「言(ことば)」「光」、「命」、「証(あかし)」、「人」等々の英語に当たる漢字を見分けられるようになった。何年もの後、彼は依然としてこれらの漢字をそらで書けたが、聖書と出来れば文法書を入手して外国語を勉強する方法は、彼の常套手段だった。

   K・M・エリザベス・マレー=著 R・W・バーチフィールド=序
   加藤知己(かとう・ともみ)=訳
   『ことばへの情熱—ジェイムズ・マレーとオクスフォード英語大辞典
   三省堂 1980/02
 
 
■英語原文 The original text in English

At seven he made an exciting discovery, a page of the Gospel of St John in Chinese reproduced in the Juvenile Missionary Magazine for 1844, a periodical taken by his parents. He copied this many times in a scrawly hand until he had indentified the characters for such words as beginning, God, word, light, life, witness, man and so on, by observing their recurrence in the columns and comparing them with the English text. Years afterwards he could still write these characters from memory, and this method of learning a foreign language by acquiring a Bible, and if possible a grammar, was the one he always followed.

   Caught in the Web of Words: James Murray and the Oxford English
   Dictionary by K.M. Elisabeth Murray
   Yale University Press, 1977
   Paperback edition 1995
 
 
■ General information

* Who is James Murray?
 James Murray (lexicographer) - Wikipedia
* What is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)?
 Oxford English Dictionary - Wikipedia
* The official OED website
 Oxford English Dictionary
 
 
■基礎知識

* オックスフォード英語辞典とは?
 オックスフォード英語辞典 - Wikipedia
 
 
■洋書 Books in non-Japanese languages

■和書 Books in Japanese

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