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OF THE

ORIGIN AND PROGRESS

OF

LANGUAGE.

Univerity of
MICHIGAN

Graiis ingenium, Graiis dedit ore rotundo
Mufa loqui.

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attended to. - Defect of the ancient Persian language in this respect.Defect of the languages of the South Sea in point of variety of found.-A perfect language must be sweet in the found, as well as various, but not too sweet of found.The barbarous languages defective in this, being too vocal.-The words must not be too mort. - The Barbarous languages go to another extreme.-The found of a language much raised by the use of diphthongs.-The Barbarous languages defective in this. The difference of spirits in pronunciation makes an agreeable variety. This the Barbarous langu res have. The quantity of syllables, or the rhythm, makes another variety.This Some of the Barbarous languages have.-Of the melody of language. --Some languages of Savage nations have melody,

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2. Words considered as significant.— In

a language of art there must be of
them a fufficient number to express all

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