By John Wilkins
Works of the proper Reverend John Wilkins' (1708). including an summary of Dr. Wilkin's 'Essay in the direction of a true personality and a Philosophical Languages, ' a cartoon of the lifetime of the writer and an account of his writings. With an introductory essay at the common Language circulate in England, France and Germany within the seventeenth and 18th century by means of Brigitte Asbach-Schnitker.
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Ibid. : 1) In itself Williams' research into the origin of language is incompatible with his empiricist claims. : 29). It is presumably because of these alleged properties, which to him reveal signs of its origin, that Hebrew qualifies as the true original language. ). He believes that the European languages originate from Celtic. "This language, he affirms, which the more primitive it was, must be stronger of the energy of nature, must also in the simplicity of its origin have been purely monosyllabic [.
II). Celtic is also considered by Rowland Jones to be the first language of mankind. He intends to show "the original plan, and construction of human speech to be intelligent, regular and rational, as the nature and qualities of substances, modes and relations of general subjects, are represented by general signs, either figuratively or orderly as the respective invisible qualities center in hieroglyfical objects, and those again abstracted and divided by circumstantial negative or privative particles, agreeable xxxii .
But — as Knowlson pointed out — it is most likely that they were influenced either directly or indirectly by the ideas put forward by the better-known language projectors. (Cf. Knowlson 1975: 129). Foigny envisages a language in which each word represents a description of the qualities of the object or idea signified, because it combines 'meaningful' vowels and consonants, and thus serves as a key to all knowledge. Vairasse, however, suggests that his language - formed by the ruler of the Sévarambians96 — would signifiy without convention, because of a presupposed natural correspondance between sounds and meaning; the language is therefore based on an immense inventory of different sounds: ten vowels, xxxvi .