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National languages are all huge systems of vested interests which sullenly resist critical inquiry.

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One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility of using the same word as noun and verb.

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More and more, unsolicited gifts from without are likely to be received with unconscious resentment.

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French and German illustrate the misleading character of apparent grammatical simplicity just as well.

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No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality.

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In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors, one's own language above all.

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Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting to realize itself as a strictly historical science.

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A standard international language should not only be simple, regular, and logical, but also rich and creative.

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It is no secret that the fruits of language study are in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them.

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We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation.

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