Do you understand the language of the Gillikins, my dear?
Does not your Majesty know that in all the land of Oz but one language is spoken?
We will consider next the question what is implied by saying that a person "understands" a word, in the sense in which one understands a word in one's own language
, but not in a language
of which one is ignorant.
As soon as they found that he could talk their language
, they told him where the pain was and how they felt, and of course it was easy for him to cure them.
Here was a case where simplicity would have been an advantage; therefore, for no other reason, the inventor of this language
complicated it all he could.
For it is not only the oldest epic poem in the Anglo-Saxon language
, it is history too.
Those who have not learned to read the ancient classics in the language
in which they were written must have a very imperfect knowledge of the history of the human race; for it is remarkable that no transcript of them has ever been made into any modern tongue, unless our civilization itself may be regarded as such a transcript.
As to their language
, it is quite incomprehensible.
also the poem is almost purely Saxon; occasionally it admits the French device of rime, but it is said to exhibit, all told, fewer than a hundred words of French origin.
It now began to be known and talked of in the neighbourhood, that my master had found a strange animal in the field, about the bigness of a SPLACNUCK, but exactly shaped in every part like a human creature; which it likewise imitated in all its actions; seemed to speak in a little language
of its own, had already learned several words of theirs, went erect upon two legs, was tame and gentle, would come when it was called, do whatever it was bid, had the finest limbs in the world, and a complexion fairer than a nobleman's daughter of three years old.
I speak only the language
of my tribe--the great apes who were Kerchak's; and a little of the languages
of Tantor, the elephant, and Numa, the lion, and of the other folks of the jungle I understand.
Before an anchor can ever be raised, it must be let go; and this perfectly obvious truism brings me at once to the subject of the degradation of the sea language
in the daily press of this country.
But if the task were, not to write off the English Bible, but to learn a language
utterly unlike all other tongues, a language
which hitherto had never been learned, except by the Indians themselves, from their mothers' lips,--a language
never written, and the strange words of which seemed inexpressible by letters,--if the task were, first to learn this new variety of speech, and then to translate the Bible into it, and to do it so carefully that not one idea throughout the holy book should be changed,--what would induce you to undertake this toil?
has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.
I marvel, worthy Cedric,'' said the Abbot, as their discourse proceeded, ``that, great as your predilection is for your own manly language
, you do not receive the Norman-French into your favour, so far at least as the mystery of wood-craft and hunting is concerned.