Language, And The Study Of Language; Twelve Lectures On The Principles Of Linguistic Science

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byWilliam Dwight Whitney

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...a term once limited to an obscure city to be current now in the mouths of such immense communities; the wants and devices of civilization and commerce which have created the thing designated by the word and made it what it is; the outward circumstances and mental associations which, by successive changes, have worked out the name from a root signifying 'to think;' the structure of organ, and the habits of utterance--in themselves and in their origin--which have metamorphosed moneta into moneg:--all this, and more, is necessary to the linguistic scholar's perfect mastery of this single term. There is no limit to the extent to which the roots of being of almost every word ramify thus through the whole structure of the tongue to which it belongs, or even of many tongues, and through the history of the people who speak them: if we are left in most cases to come far short of the full knowledge which we crave, we at least should not fail to crave it, and to grasp after all of it that lies within our reach. We have been regarding linguistic comparison as whst it primarily and essentially is, the effective means of determining genetical relationship, and investigating the historical development of languages. But we must guard against leaving the impression that languages can be compared for no other purposes than these. In those wide generalizations wherein we regard speech as a human faculty, and its phenomena as illustrating the nature of mind, the processes of thought, the progress of culture, it is often not less important to put side by side thnt which in spoken language is analogous in office but discordant in origin than that which is accordant in both. The variety of human expression is well-nigh infinite, and no part of it ought to...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...a term once limited to an obscure city to be current now in the mouths of such immense communities; the wants a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217497101

ISBN - 13:9780217497107

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