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By D. B. Fry

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D. B. Fry has edited a easy process readings at the acoustics of speech. the gathering comprises all of the very important classical papers within the box. it really is conscientiously based to offer the scholar with a coherent photograph of the kin among language devices and the corresponding sound-waves and to provide an explanation for the legislation that govern those family. He contains extracts which clarify the iteration of sound-waves through the speech-mechanism, the equipment of acoustic research of speech, and the operation of the sound spectograph (with excerpts from the 1st released money owed of the instrument). the amount additionally illustrates the contribution to the final learn of language made by way of study on speech notion. There are debts of speech synthesis, and of experiments on rhythm, intonation and the conception of acoustic cues.

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The editors would like to thank Mrs. Virginia Hymes and Mr. Ken Hymes, widow and son of the late Prof. Dell Hymes, for their permission to republish the paper. 34 On Language Diversity and Relationship from Bibliander to Adelung 2. The ‘Scythian’ tradition Andreas Jäger, not German but Swedish, was born in Stockholm and received his Magister in 1686 for the work paraphrased above. He did not personally receive much fame as a result of his lecture, and on his return to Sweden, Jäger’s unsavory actions as a pastor brought him into disrepute, but he finally obtained his own parish in Uppsala Stift, where he died in 1730 (cf.

For it was he who emphasized the vague concept of Scythia as the real linguistic source of the later variety of languages. However much later writers differed on details, they came back again and again to the region which ancient authorities had reported as spreading out northward – both east and west – from Asia Minor. We shall return shortly to the more specific criticisms to which Becanus was subjected and to the more specific details of his methodology. But he had loosed an idea which might rouse opposition but was not allowed to die.

Thus an initial linguistic unity followed by a later linguistic diversity was a basic presupposition of sacred scripture, and a historical framework for a genetic history of languages was thus provided. But the specific content of such a history could and did vary in extreme measure (as the numerous conflicting traditions testify), for the Biblical text as such is so little restrictive. The authors from classical antiquity were frequently contradictory in their linguistic judgments, and since their infallibility did not have to be assumed, they could be (and were) dealt with even more independently.

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