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The English Master; Or, Student's Guide to Reasoning and Composition - Exhibiting an Analytical View of the English Language, of the Human Mind, and of the Principles of Fine Writing (Paperback) Loot Price: R550
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The English Master; Or, Student's Guide to Reasoning and Composition - Exhibiting an Analytical View of the English...

The English Master; Or, Student's Guide to Reasoning and Composition - Exhibiting an Analytical View of the English Language, of the Human Mind, and of the Principles of Fine Writing (Paperback)

William Banks

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ON THE PROGRESS OF LANGUAGE, AND THE CAUSES OF ITS PRESENT DIVERSITY. Language, being the picture of thought, must, in its progress, equal, but never outrun, the progress of knowledge; and though from some preceding observations, it does not appear that man was originally in a savage state, yet his knowledge would correspond to the circumstances in which he was placed, and could not therefore be extensive. The number of words which he employed, would be commensurate with his knowledge, and must have been inconsiderable. New objects would necessarily give rise to new names; and every varied combination of thought must have produced a variety of expression. The words formed on such occasions, must either have been entirely different from those already in use, or some change must have been made on the latter, to accommodate them to new ideas. An examination of any language will show, that, in adapting it to the progress of knowledge, men have more frequently had recourse to a change of termination, than to invention. The radical words of all languages are comparatively few. Even in the Greek, which, ofancient languages, has generally been thought the most copious and the most elegant, some grammarians affirm that the primitives do not exceed three hundred. This however is perhaps below the truth, if we consider that nearly thirty words are required to name the different external parts of the human body; yet those who are acquainted with the composition and derivation of words, will at once perceive, that even from the small number mentioned, some thousands might thus be formed. Were we to admit with some philosophers, that different races of men were created in different parts of the earth, our theory of the origin of language would fall to the ground; nor would it be surpri...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2012
First published: October 2012
Authors: William Banks
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 94
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-79801-3
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-79801-2
Barcode: 9780217798013

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