Academy,  1 (1869–70), 136–37.

[Review of On the Origin of Language, by Wilhelm H I Bleek]

Th Benfey



Publications reviewed:

Bleek 1869


Human Species, Descent, Human Development, Comparative Philology

People mentioned:

Wilhelm H I Bleek

    Advises that 'However we may explain the origin of man (whether by tracing it to a species of ape, or in any other way,—we need not enter into this question, as it is still a moot point among naturalists)—man first properly became man' only when he acquired the related capacities to think and speak. The evolutionary study of thought and language 'can only form a subject of investigation for those who are convinced of the descent of man from some kind of animal, and they form for those a portion of the researches on the transformations, which brought about the transition of this animal into man'. (137)

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