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Dramatic Interpretation in the Teaching of the Classics

by Gonzalez Lodge - 1920

When the earliest beings, to whom might have justly been applied the adjective 'human,' made their first attempts to communicate with other beings of a similar kind, it is fair to suppose that they made use of signs, and various grunts and gutterals, even if the precise nature of these sounds has eluded the keenest of linguistic investigators from Psammetichus down. From these rudimentary beginnings were developed the highly inflected languages which were in practically universal use some centuries before the Christian era. The more we study these languages the more astounded we become at the marvelous ingenuity and intellectual resource displayed in devising such instruments of expression. When we think of languages showing ten or more cases for their nouns and verbs fully developed in voice, mood, and tense, all the different forms distinguished by variations in stem or termination or both, with careful measurements of quantity and minute attention to phonetic laws, we rightly wonder whether the human mind has really progressed in intellectual power, since the beginning of human existence upon the earth.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 21 Number 3, 1920, p. 217-237
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3852, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 3:41:00 AM

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