The spirit of logical analysis should in practice blend with the practical pressure for the adoption of some form of international language, but it should not allow itself to be stampeded by it.
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Both French and Latin are involved with nationalistic and religious implications which could not be entirely shaken off, and so, while they seemed for a long time to have solved the international language problem up to a certain point, they did not really do so in spirit.
No important national language, at least in the Occidental world, has complete regularity of grammatical structure, nor is there a single logical category which is adequately and consistently handled in terms of linguistic symbolism.
|Birth:||26th January, 1884|
|Death:||4th February, 1939|
Edward Sapir was born in Lębork, Poland . He was an American anthropologist and linguist, who is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the early development of the discipline of linguistics. He studied Germanic linguistics at Columbia, where he came under the influence of Franz Boas who inspired him to work on Native American languages. He earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in Germanic philology from Columbia, before embarking on his Ph.D. in Anthropology which he completed in 1909. By the end of his life he was professor of anthropology at Yale, where he never really fit in.
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