In his day, Rowland Jones was regarded as an eminent scholar and philologist . He was well versed in languages, especially Latin and Greek , and he wrote several books on philology . In The Origin of Language and Nations , 1764 , he propounded a theory that all words could be derived from monosyllabic roots, and that the primeval language was Celtic ; in his lexical works he derives English , Latin , Greek , and Welsh words from one common Celtic source. He exercised a great influence on the linguistic theories of William Owen Pughe (q.v.) , especially on his dictionary.
He published the following books: (1) The Origin of Languages and Nations, Hieroglyfically, Etymologically, and Topographically defined and fixed, after the Method of an English, Celtic, Greek, and Latin English Lexicon , 1764 : (2) Hieroglyphic, or a Grammatical Introduction to an Universal Hieroglyfic Language, consisting of English signs and voices , 1768 ; (3) The Philosophy of words in two dialogues between the Author and Crito , 1769 ; (4) The Circles of Gomer, or, an Essay towards an Investigation and Introduction of the English as an Universal Language , 1771 ; (5) The 10 Triads; or the Tenth Muse, wherein the origin, nature, and connection of the Sacred Symbols, Sounds, Words, Ideas are discovered , 1773 .
William Rowlands, M.A., Porthmadog
Published date: 1959