Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Volumen1
Metcalf and Company, 1848
Vol. 12 (from May 1876 to May 1877) includes: Researches in telephony / by A. Graham Bell.
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Página 33 - Etymologies are at present very uncertain; but such as they are, the old books would still preserve them, and etymologists would there find them. Words in the course of time change their meanings, as well as their spelling and pronunciation, and we do not look to etymology for their present meanings. If I should call a man a knave and a villain, he would hardly be satisfied with my telling him, that one of the words originally signified only a lad or servant; and the other an under-ploughman, or...
Página 29 - Such is the state of our language,' says Sheridan, a man certainly not prejudiced against his native tongue, ' that the darkest hieroglyphics, or most difficult ciphers that the art of man has hitherto invented, were not better calculated to conceal the sentiments of those that used them from all that had not a key, than the state of our spelling is to conceal the true pronunciation of words from all except a few well educated natives.
Página 346 - Climate of Europe during the later miocene period, 43. On the blind-fish of the Mammoth Cave, 180. Agassizia, gen., Gray & Engelm., 49. suavis, G. & E., 49.
Página 156 - Redfield. On three several Hurricanes of the Atlantic, and their Relations to the Northers of Mexico and Central America, with Notices of other Storms.
Página 29 - Take one of the combinations of two letters, at, for instance, in this sentence : — 'Captain Paine said he had a pair of plaids.' After learning the five sounds here given, if the learner should read in Scott an account of a feast at a Saxon's table, he would have to guess five times at the pronunciation of dais, and each time wrong. The written language is continually misleading thus, and it may be safely said that the sound of a word is learnt, not through the aid of the vowels, but in spite...
Página 4 - Petersburgh, 1844. From the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburgh. Magnetical and Meteorological Observations made at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in 1843. 4to. London, 1845.
Página 34 - That distinction is already destroyed in pronouncing them, and you rely on the sense alone of the sentence to ascertain which of the several words similar in sound we intend. If this is sufficient in the rapidity of discourse it will be much more so in written sentences, which may be read leisurely and attended to more particularly in case of difficulty than you can attend to a past sentence while a speaker is hurrying you along with new ones. Your third inconvenience is that "all the books already...
Página 190 - The extraordinary effect even of an honorary inducement is seen in the case of the medal offered by the king of Denmark for the discovery of telescopic comets. On these principles it may be hoped, that, by offering a moderate pecuniary compensation for researches of real merit, valuable contributions to knowledge will be produced ; while their publication will tend directly to the diffusion of knowledge. An encouragement somewhat similar, toward the...
Página 187 - To INCREASE KNOWLEDGE. It is proposed — 1. To stimulate men of talent to make original researches, by offering suitable rewards for memoirs containing new truths ; and, 2. To appropriate annually a portion of the income for particular researches, under the direction of suitable persons.