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International Language

Past, Present and Future: With Specimens of Esperanto and Grammar

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Author: Walter J. Clark
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 64,542 / 210 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.7
LoC Category: P
Downloads: 1,322
Added to site: 2006.06.03
mnybks.net#: 10695
Genre: Language
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uestion is put in the forefront. The politicians of Ireland and Wales have realized the importance of language in asserting nationality, but such engineered language-agitation offers but a feeble reflex of the vitality of the question in lands where the native language is as much in use for all purposes as is English in England. These lands will fight harder and harder against the claims to supremacy of a handful of Western intruders. A famous foreign philologist,[1] in a report on the subject presented to the Academy of Vienna, notes the increasing tendency of Russian to take rank among the recognized languages for purposes of polite learning. He is well placed to observe. With Russia knocking at the door and Hungary waiting to storm the breach, what tongue may not our descendants of the next century have to learn, under pain of losing touch with important currents of thought? It is high time something were done to standardize means of transmission. Owing to political conditions, there are linguistically dis

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