The Life and Growth of Language: An Outline of Linguistic Science

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Сторінка 36 - But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
Сторінка 73 - There is always one element in linguistic change which refuses scientific treatment: namely, the action of the human will. The work is all done by human beings, adapting means to ends, . . . The real effective reason of a given phonetic change is that a community, which might have chosen otherwise, willed it to be thus; . . . (p.73).
Сторінка 21 - Every single language has [...] its own peculiar framework of established distinctions, its shapes and forms of thought, into which, for the human being who learns that language as his "mother-tongue", is cast the content and product of the mind, his store house of impressions, however acquired, his experience and knowledge of the world. This is what is sometimes called the "inner form" of language, the shape and cast of thought, as fitted to a certain body of expression.
Сторінка 244 - The Dravidian tongues have some peculiar phonetic elements, are richly polysyllabic, of general agglutinative structure, -with -prefixes only, and very soft and harmonious in their utterance. They are of a very high type of agglutination, like the Finnish and Hungarian; and the author has been informed by an American who was born in Southern India and grew up to speak its language vernacularly along with his English, a man of high education and unusual gifts as a preacher and writer, that he esteemed...
Сторінка 7 - There can be asked, respecting language, no other question of a more elementary and at the same time of a more fundamentally important character than this : How is language obtained by us ? how does each speaking individual become possessed of his speech? Its true answer involves and determines well-nigh the whole of linguistic philosophy. There are probably few who would not at once reply that we learn our language ; it is taught us by those among whom our lot is cast in childhood.

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