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" Language is something more palpable than a fold of the brain, or an angle of the skull. It admits of no cavilling, and no process of natural selection will ever distil significant words out of the notes of birds or the cries of beasts. "
Lectures on the Science of Language: Delivered at the Royal Institution of ... - Page 346
by Friedrich Max Müller - 1862
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[The correspondence ] ; The correspondence of ..., Volume 10; Volume 1862

Charles Darwin, Joy Harvey, Duncan M. Porter, Jonathan R. Topham - 1997
...the triumphant conqueror in the primeval struggle for life. Language is something more palpable than a fold of the brain, or an angle of the skull. It admits of no ca\iliing. and no process of natural selection will ever distill significant words oui of the notes...
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Antievolutionism Before World War I

Alexander Patterson, Eberhard Dennert, Luther T. Townsend, G. Frederick Wright - 1995 - 403 pages
...touch, the barrier of language. Language is our Rubicon and no brute will dare to cross it. ... No process of Natural Selection will ever distill significant words out of the notes of birds and animals." (Lessons on the Science of Language, pp. 23, 340, 370. ) False claims have been made...
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William Dwight Whitney and the Science of Language

Stephen G. Alter, Stephen G.. Alter - 2005 - 339 pages
...Müller denied that speech could have originated through a Darwinian process: "It admits of no caviling, and no process of natural selection will ever distill significant words out of the notes of birds and the cries of beasts." And, he said, the fact that animals did not speak spoke volumes about the...
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Language, Science and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-siècle: The ...

Christine Ferguson - 2006 - 180 pages
...the triumphant conqueror in the primeval struggle for life. Language is something more palpable than a fold of the brain, or an angle of the skull. It...out of the notes of birds or the cries of beasts. (356-7(1862]) Mullet's deployment of language as weapon against the seeming erasure of human species...
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Galdós and Darwin

T. E. Bell - 2006 - 189 pages
...for example, Max Miiller writing in 1861 claims, 'no process of natural selection will ever distil significant words out of the notes of birds or the cries of beasts.'25 Notably, Fidela, 25 F. Max Miiller, Lectures on the Science of Language (London, 1861),...
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Werner's Magazine: A Magazine of Expression, Volume 20

1898
...the triumphant conqueror in the primeval struggle for life. Language is something more palpable than a fold of the brain or an angle of the skull. It admits of no caviling, and no process of natural selection will ever distil significant words out of the notes of...
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Landmarks in Linguistic Thought 1: The Western Tradition from Socrates to ...

Roy Harris, Talbot J. Taylor - 1997 - 234 pages
...being. 'No process of natural selection,' Miiller proclaimed intransigently in 1861, 'will ever distil significant words out of the notes of birds or the cries of beasts' (Lectures on the science of language. First series. Lecture IX). A couple of years later he had changed...
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