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Brief author info: Charlton Laird (1901-1984) American linguist and writer.
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Civilization could not exist until there was written language, because without written language no generation could bequeath to succeeding generations anything but its simpler findings.
Man can be defined, if one wishes, as a languag-ized mammal.
Amoebas, once they have themselves well pulled in two, go their ways-they practice divorce, but no remarriage.
Quite naturally, scholars assumed that Latin grammar was not merely Latin grammar, but that it was grammar itself. They borrowed it and made the most of it.
Grammar is not a set of rules; it is something inherent in the language, and language cannot exist without it. It can be discovered, but not invented.
The truth seems to be that they [teachers of grammar] were victims of a mighty hoax, one of those true belly-rumbling impostures which a workaday world can but seldom afford.
If language is intimately related to being human, then when we study language we are, to a remarkable degree, studying human nature.
Language is a living thing. It must survive in men's minds and on their tongues if it survives at all.
You and I who read and write books have very little effect upon language. We may think about it, write about it, and read about it, but it goes on without us, or in spite of us.
Babies and language are the essential ingredients of civilization, and speakers of language no more know where it came from than babies know where they come from.
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