Language Distinguishes Humans from the Rest of Nature

If it were possible to transfer the methods of physical or of biological science directly to the study of man, the transfer would long ago have been made ... We have failed not for lack of hypotheses which equate man with the rest of the universe, but for lack of a hypothesis (short of animism) which provides for the peculiar divergence of man ... Let me now state my belief that the peculiar factor in man which forbids our explaining his actions upon the ordinary plane of biology is a highly specialized and unstable biological complex, and that this factor is none other than language.


Hypothesis of Leonard Bloomfield.

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 Linguistics as a science
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Bloomfield , Leonard , Linguistics as a science, Retrieved on 2012-01-18
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