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AS COXNECTED WITH THE
Faculties of the Mind,
AND AS APPLIED TO
THINGS IN NATURE AND ART.
· SOCIA MENTIS LINGUA.
BY WILLIAM S. CARDELL.
CHARLES WILEY, No. 3 WALL-STREET.
Southern District of New-York, ss. E IT REMEMBERED, That on the sixteenth day of February, A. D. of America, William s Cardell, of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit :
" Essay on Language, as connected with the Faculties of the Mind, and as applied to things in Nature and Art. Socia mentis lingua. By William S. Cardell "
lo conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein inentioned." And also to an Act, entitled “an Act, supplementary to an Act, en itled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints"
JAMES DILL, Clerk of the Southern District Nen-York
3. SEYMOUR, PRINTER, JOHN-STREET.
This Essay is not offered as a finished work ; though the opinions advanced have not been hastily adopted, and it is believed they are substantially correct. The writer is sensible he has not done justice to his own principles; and the work would not have been made public, with all its present defects, if other arduous and indispensable engagements had not precluded the hope of devoting attention to this volume, for a considerable time to come.
A few preliminary ideas will indicate the general design of this treatise, and will show that, however its doctrines may differ from those heretofore taught, they are not advanced without regard to existing facts.
Language, the chief instrument of all knowledge, must itself be the subject of interesting inquiry on scientific principles. Instead of treating words as the theme of contempt, and explaining them according to the metaphysics of the twelfth century, it is time that the modes of investigation, adopted in other philosophic researches should be applied to the structure of speech. A comprehensive plan of induction was attempted; and as the proper means to be employed for this purpose, a careful attention