"Why, I don't understand your language
. You see, I came from the Country of the Gillikins, so that I am a foreigner."
A large part of one of Wundt's two vast volumes on language
in his "Volkerpsychologie" is concerned with gesture-language.
I spoke entirely in that language
. He was greatly interested; and after I had talked a while he said my German was very rare, possibly a "unique"; and wanted to add it to his museum.
But that was later, and not because Latin was the language
of the people, but because it was the language
of the learned and of the monks, who were the chief people who wrote books.
They evidently understood neither the language
of England nor of France.
Here by intermarriage with the native women they rapidly developed into a race which while retaining all their original courage and enterprise took on also, together with the French language
, the French intellectual brilliancy and flexibility and in manners became the chief exponent of medieval chivalry.
It meant nothing to Tarzan, of course, for he could not tell one language
from another, so when he pointed to the word man which he had printed upon a piece of bark he learned from D'Arnot that it was pronounced HOMME, and in the same way he was taught to pronounce ape, SINGE and tree, ARBRE.
As soon as they found that he could talk their language
, they told him where the pain was and how they felt, and of course it was easy for him to cure them.
Those who have not learned to read the ancient classics in the language
in which they were written must have a very imperfect knowledge of the history of the human race; for it is remarkable that no transcript of them has ever been made into any modern tongue, unless our civilization itself may be regarded as such a transcript.
Sweet, with boundless contempt for my stupidity, would reply that it not only meant but obviously was the word Result, as no other Word containing that sound, and capable of making sense with the context, existed in any language
spoken on earth.
It now began to be known and talked of in the neighbourhood, that my master had found a strange animal in the field, about the bigness of a SPLACNUCK, but exactly shaped in every part like a human creature; which it likewise imitated in all its actions; seemed to speak in a little language
of its own, had already learned several words of theirs, went erect upon two legs, was tame and gentle, would come when it was called, do whatever it was bid, had the finest limbs in the world, and a complexion fairer than a nobleman's daughter of three years old.
Before an anchor can ever be raised, it must be let go; and this perfectly obvious truism brings me at once to the subject of the degradation of the sea language
in the daily press of this country.