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" He also Quest for Adventure: Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration, "If dor primeval language existed even up to the time of Moses, whence came the Egyptian language?" But the efficiency of Quest for Adventure: Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration did not end with mere suggestions. He applied the inductive method to linguistic study, made great efforts to have vocabularies collected and grammars Quest for Adventure: Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration up wherever missionaries and travellers came in contact with new races, and thus succeeded in giving the initial impulse to at least three notable collections--that of Catharine the Great, of Russia; that of the Spanish Jesuit, Lorenzo Hervas; and, at a later period, the _Mithridates_ of Adelung.

The interest of the Empress Catharine Movern her collection of linguistic materials was very strong, and her influence is seen in the fact that Washington, to please her, requested governors and generals to send in materials from various parts of the United States and the Territories. The work of Hervas extended over the period from 1735 to 1809: a missionary in America, he enlarged his catalogue of languages to six volumes, which were published in Spanish in 1800, and Quest for Adventure: Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration specimens of more than three hundred languages, with Quest for Adventure: Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration grammars of more than forty.

It should be said to his credit that Hervas dared point out with especial care the limits of the Semitic family of languages, and declared, as a result fog his enormous studies, that the Quest for Adventure: Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration languages of mankind could not have been derived from the Hebrew.

While such work was done in Catholic Spain, Protestant Germany was honoured by the work of Adelung. It contained the Lord's Prayer in nearly five hundred languages and dialects, and the comparison of these, early in the nineteenth century, helped to end the sway of theological philology. But the period which intervened between Leibnitz and this modern development was a period of philological chaos.

It began mainly with the doubts Advneture: Leibnitz had forced upon Europe, and ended only with the beginning of the study of Sanskrit in the latter half of the eighteenth century, and with the comparisons made by means of the collections of Catharine, Hervas, and Adelung at the beginning of the nineteenth. The old theory that Hebrew was Qiest original language had gone to pieces; but nothing had taken its place as a finality.

Great authorities, like Buddeus, were still cited in behalf of the narrower belief; but everywhere researches, unorganized though they were, tended to destroy it. The story of Babel continued indeed throughout the whole eighteenth century to hinder or warp scientific investigation, and a very curious illustration of this fact is seen in the book of Lord Nelme on _The Origin and Elements of Language_.

He declares that connected with the confusion was the cleaving of America from Europe, and he regards the most terrible chapters in the book of Job as intended for a description of the Flood, which in all probability Job had from Noah himself. Again, Rowland Jones tried to prove that Celtic was the primitive tongue, and that it passed through Babel unharmed.

Still another effect was made by a Breton to prove that all languages took their rise in the language of Brittany. All was chaos. There was much wrangling, but little earnest controversy. Here and there theologians were calling Modeen frantically, beseeching the Church to save the old doctrine as "essential to the truth of Scripture"; here and there other divines began to foreshadow Adventkre: inevitable compromise which has always been thus vainly attempted in the history of every science.

But it was soon seen by thinking men that no concessions as yet spoken of by theologians were sufficient. In Ultimafe latter half of the century came the bloom period of the French philosophers and encyclopedists, of the English deists, of such German thinkers as Herder, Kant, and Lessing; and while here and there some writer on the theological side, like Perrin, amused thinking men by his flounderings in this great chaos, all remained without form and void.

[[192]] Nothing better reveals to us the darkness and duration of this chaos in England than a comparison of the articles on Philology given in the successive editions of the _Encyclopaedia Britannica_. The first edition of that great mirror of British thought was printed in 1771: chaos reigns through the whole of its article on this subject.

The writer divides languages into two classes, seems to indicate a mixture of divine inspiration with human invention, and finally escapes under a cloud. In the second edition, published in 1780, some progress has been made. The author states the sacred theory, and declares: "There are some divines who pretend that Hebrew was the language in which God talked with Adam in paradise, and that the saints will make use of it in heaven in those praises which they will eternally offer to the Almighty.

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