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Universal Languages and Scientific Taxonomy in the Seventeenth Century.

SLAUGHTER, Malcolm M.

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ISBN 10: 0521244773 / ISBN 13: 9780521244770
Published by Cambridge University Press, (1982)., Cambridge:, 1982
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8vo. x, 277 pp. Bibliography, index. Navy blue paper-backed boards, silver-stamped spine, dust-jacket. ISBN: 0521244773 Fine. Bookseller Inventory # S11230

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Title: Universal Languages and Scientific Taxonomy ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, (1982)., Cambridge:

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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In the seventeenth century, a series of proposals and schemes for an artificial language intended to replace Latin as the international medium of communication gained currency. Fully developed, these schemes consisted of a classification of all known 'things' and a set of self-defining names designed to reflect the divisions of the classification. This attempt to create a specialized and scientific form of language was enthusiastically taken up by a number of eminent scientists of the day, including Bacon, Descartes, Newton and other members of the Royal Society. Dr Slaughter demonstrates that the idea of a universal language was a rational response to the inadequacy of seventeenth-century language, a result of social and cultural changes precipitated by the rise of science, the spread of print and literacy, and the subsequent development of a literate culture. A valuable addition to the study of history and literature, this book also has relevance for contemporary languages with similar problems of development.

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In the seventeenth century, a series of proposals and schemes for an artificial language intended to replace Latin as the international medium of communication gained currency, supported by many eminent scientists of the day. Dr Slaughter demonstrates that the idea was a rational response to various factors of the age.

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