Observations on the Opinions of Several Writers on Various Historical, Political, and Metaphysical Questions
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817. Excerpt: ... Art. XII. Vindicice Alphabetic; or Observations on A Dissertation on the Chinese Language. By J. ' Marshman.." "The swarthy daughters of Cadmus may hang "their trophies on high, for when all the pride of the chissel and the ' pomp of heraldry yield to the silent touches of Time, a single line, a "half worn-out inscription, remain faithful to their trust." BuitKE. The Chinese Language is not less.deserving of attention, from the singularity of its structure, than from the light it throws on the whole theory of oral and written language. But as a view of this structure, and of all the philological principles connected with it, may be obtained, without committing its Vocabulary to memory, curiosity has been repelled from further enquiry, by a belief that, such a task would be more tedious, irksome, and unprofitable than any other that could be imposed or easily imagined. The design of Mr. Marshoian's Dissertation is to shew, that much of this aversion and terror has been occasioned by the misrepresentations of those who have considered the object rather in the aggregate, than in detail; whose information concerning it "has ' borne a stronger resemblance to a sudden but ' transient flash of light, which darting on some large "and undescribed object, serves merely to disclose ' its size without conveying any distinct idea of its "shape, than to that calm and steady light, which "giving us an opportunity of contemplating an ob"ject at leisure, enables us to form a just idea of its "proportions, and leads us to the discovery of its na"ture and qualities: " and "that a cool and thorough tc investigation of the subject will remove many of u the mistaken ideas entertained respecting it, and M perhaps evince, that though totally different in its ' nature, it i...
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