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OR,

AN INQUIRY

INTO

THE NATURE AND PHILOSOPHY

OF

LANGUAGE,

AS CONNECTED WITH

The Sacred Scriptures.

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BY

JAMES WRIGHT,

AUTHOR OF

LATE OF MAGDALEN HALL, OXFORD;
THE SCHOOL ORATOR,"

," " THE PHILOSOPHY OF ELOCUTION,"
READINGS OF THE LITURGY," &c.

It is to be remembered that connexion is not identity.

Remarks on Scepticism.

SECOND EDITION.

OXFORD:
PRINTED FOR MUNDAY AND SLATTER;
AND GEO. B. WHITTAKER, 13, AVE-MARIA-LANE, LONDON.

1827.

265.1, 679

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PREFACE.

AMONG all the inquiries which are presented to the student, there are few so well calculated to call forth his energies as some of the elementary questions respecting language. Those particularly concerning articulate voices in contradistinction to instinctive signs, the nature of the substantive and the verb, the use of the various parts of speech, universal grammar, and the diversity of tongues,—are topics which excite in the mind of the intellectual student an especial interest.

The Author has endeavoured to explain the significations of the substantive and the verb by the use of particular and general arguments,—all tending to assert the being and attributes of a First Cause, and to oppose the popular doctrines of atheistical and sceptical philosophy.

What he has advanced concerning the writings of Locke, and his controversy with the Bishop of Worcester, is offered with exceeding diffidence.

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