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The psychology of a language which, in one way or another, is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control, is very different from the psychology of a language which one accepts of one's free will.
The modern mind tends to be more and more critical and analytical in spirit, hence it must devise for itself an engine of expression which is logically defensible at every point and which tends to correspond to the rigorous spirit of modern science.
The attitude of independence toward a constructed language which all national speakers must adopt is really a great advantage, because it tends to make man see himself as the master of language instead of its obedient servant.
So far as the advocates of a constructed international language are concerned, it is rather to be wondered at how much in common their proposals actually have, both in vocabulary and in general spirit of procedure.
One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility of using the same word as noun and verb.
No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality.
No important national language, at least in the Occidental world, has complete regularity of grammatical structure, nor is there a single logical category which is adequately and consistently handled in terms of linguistic symbolism.
National languages are all huge systems of vested interests which sullenly resist critical inquiry.
More and more, unsolicited gifts from without are likely to be received with unconscious resentment.
It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd into an international language all those local overtones of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist.
It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection.
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.
In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors, one's own language above all.
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