Language of the Isle of Man,
M A N K S.
* * * Si quid novisti rectius istis,
Candidus imperti; si non, his utere mecum.
BY THE REV. JOHN KELLY, LL.D.,
VICAR OF ARDLEIGH, AND RECTOR OF COPFORD,
IN THE COUNTY OF ESSEX.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION, LIFE OF DR. KELLY, AND NOTES,
REV. WILLIAM GILL,
VICAR OF MALEW.
DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN:
PRINTED FOR THE MANX SOCIETY.
Chapter 1: Of the Letters
Chapter 2: Of the Pronunciation
Chapter 3: Concerning the Variation of the Initial Letters
Chapter 4: The Parts of the Manx Tongue
Chapter 5: Of the Noun
Chapter 6: Of the Numbers
Chapter 7: Of the Forming of Plurals in a Noun Substantive
Chapter 8: The Genders of Substantives
Chapter 9: Of the Declensions
Chapter 10: Of a Noun Adjective
Chapter 11: The Comparison of Adjectives
Chapter 12: Of the Pronouns
Chapter 13: Of a Verb
Chapter 14: Of the Adverbs
Chapter 15: Of the Interjection
Chapter 16: Of the Conjunction
Chapter 17: Of the Preposition
Chapter 18: The Construction of Syntax
Chapter 19: The Construction of Substantives and Adjectives
Chapter 20: The Construction of Pronouns
Chapter 21: Of the Construction of Articles
Chapter 22: The Construction of Verbs
Chapter 23: Of the Construction of Adverbs
Chapter 24: Of the Interjections
Chapter 25: Of the Construction of Conjunctions
Chapter 26: Of the Construction of Prepositions
The Rev. John Kelly (1750-1809) was born at Algare, East Baldwin, Braddan. He was educated at the old Douglas Grammar School and graduated at Cambridge. He was tutor to the Marquis of Huntley and later Vicar of Ardleigh and Rector of Copford.
In addition to writing A Practical Grammar of the Antient Gaelic or Language of the Isle of Man, usually called Manx, he compiled a Manx dictionary, a triglot dictionary of Manx, Gaelic and Irish and assisted Philip Moore in translating the Bible into Manx.
His Manx Grammar was published in 1780. The manuscript was sent to the Duke of Atholl, but was lost and not recovered until 1808. In 1859 it was reprinted with minor corrections as the Manx Language Society's Volume II, together with the Rev. William Gill's Editor's Introduction, Life of Dr. Kelly and one of Kelly's sermons.
This version is based on the Manx Language Society's Volume II, less the Life of Dr. Kelly and A Sermon, but with additional corrections and changes to tables and typestyle appropriate to HTML. Links are provided to individual chapters, but as yet only links to footnotes have been provided within the text.
This copy was scanned and edited by Alan Cleary, from my copy of the Manx Soc volume.