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" The onomatopoeic theory goes very smoothly as long as it deals with cackling hens and quacking ducks ; but round that poultry-yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really begins. "
A Dictionary of English Etymology - Page xxii
by Hensleigh Wedgwood, John Christopher Atkinson - 1872 - 744 pages
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Lectures on the science of language: delivered at the Royal Institution of ...

Friedrich Max Müller - Language and languages - 1864 - 600 pages
...been ' tongue-bound.' As to miagolare, to mew, we willingly hand it over \o the onomatopoeic school. The onomatopoeic theory goes very smoothly as long...cackling hens and quacking ducks ; but round that poultry -yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really...
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Lectures on the science of language, delivered at the Royal institution of ...

Friedrich Max Müller - Comparative linguistics - 1864
...very smoothly as long as it deals with cackling hens and quacking ducks; but round that poultry -yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really begins. But whatever we may think of these onomatopoeic and interjectional theories, we must carefully distinguish...
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Chapters on language

Frederic William Farrar - Language and languages - 1865 - 308 pages
...to the new points of attack and defence. ' The onomatopoeic theory,' he says (Lectures, ii. 91'), ' goes very smoothly as long as it deals with cackling...is behind that wall that language really begins.' So far as this means merely that natural imitations are not in themselves language, but only the materials...
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Chapters on Language

Frederic William Farrar - Language and languages - 1865 - 308 pages
...new points of attack and defence. 'The onomatopoeic theory,' he says (Lectures, ii. 91), 'goes wry smoothly as long as it deals with cackling hens and...is behind that wall that language really begins.' So far as this means merely that natural imitations are not in themselves language, but only the materials...
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On the origin of language

Hensleigh Wedgwood - 1866
...dog. Miau in Chinese is the name for a cat. In the face of so many examples it is in vain for Miiller to speak of onomatopoeia as an exceptional principle...some names, such as cuckoo, which are clearly formed bv an imitation of sound. But words of this kind are, like artificial flowers, without a root. They...
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The Quarterly Review VOL.119 January & April,1866

The Quarterly Review VOL.119 January & April,1866 - 1866
...sweeping assertion as to the limits to which imitative words extend in language. ' The onomatopo?ic theory goes very smoothly as long as it deals with...is behind that wall that language really begins.'* This is an exposed position to take up, and it seems to us that Mr. Farrar's arguments, and Mr. Wedgwood's...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 119

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero, George Walter Prothero - 1866
...Lectures,' 1st Series, pp. 374-5. sweeping assertion as to the limits to which imitative words extend in language. ' The onomatopoeic theory goes very smoothly...cackling hens and quacking ducks ; but round that poultry -yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 119

History - 1866
...Series, pp. 374-5. sweeping sweeping assertion as to the limits to which imitative words extend in language. 'The onomatopoeic theory goes very smoothly...cackling hens and quacking ducks ; but round that poultry -yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really...
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Man's origin and destiny: sketched from the platform of the sciences, in a ...

J. Peter Lesley - Anthropology - 1868 - 381 pages
...interjection, which he calls the ' pooh-pooh theory.' Speaking of the first, or bow-wow theory, he says, ' the onomatopoeic theory goes very smoothly as long...cackling hens and quacking ducks ; but round that poultry yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really...
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Man's Origin and Destiny Sketched from the Platform of the Sciences: In a ...

J. Peter Lesley - Anthropology - 1868 - 381 pages
...calls the ' pooh-pooh theory. ' Speaking of the first, or bow-wow theory, he says, ' the onomatoposic theory goes very smoothly as long as it deals with cackling hens and quacking ducks; but round that poultry yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really...
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