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"A common creation demands a common sacrifice, and perhaps not the least potent argument in favour of a constructed international language is the fact that it is equally foreign, or apparently so, to the traditions of all nationalities." Edward Sapir

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"A standard international language should not only be simple, regular, and logical, but also rich and creative." Edward Sapir

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"A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time, labour, and money in providing for translation services." Edward Sapir

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"A common allegiance to form of expression that is identified with no single national unit is likely to prove one of the most potent symbols of the freedom of the human spirit that the world has yet known." Edward Sapir

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"It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd into an international language all those local overtones of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist." Edward Sapir

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"Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society." Edward Sapir

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"It is well known that the tense systems of French, English and German teem with logical inconsistencies as they are actually used." Edward Sapir

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"No important national language, at least in the Occidental world, has complete regularity of grammatical structure, nor is there a single logical category which is adequately and consistently handled in terms of linguistic symbolism." Edward Sapir

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"Comparison of statements made at different periods frequently enable us to give maximal and minimal dates to the appearance of a cultural element or to assign the time limits to a movement of population." Edward Sapir

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"Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting to realize itself as a strictly historical science." Edward Sapir

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"It is no secret that the fruits of language study are in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them." Edward Sapir

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"A second type of direct evidence is formed by statements, whether as formal legends or personal information, regarding the age or relative sequence of events in tribal history made by the natives themselves." Edward Sapir

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"English, once accepted as an international language, is no more secure than French has proved to be as the one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin has proved to be as the international language of science." Edward Sapir

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"More and more, unsolicited gifts from without are likely to be received with unconscious resentment." Edward Sapir

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"Both French and Latin are involved with nationalistic and religious implications which could not be entirely shaken off, and so, while they seemed for a long time to have solved the international language problem up to a certain point, they did not really do so in spirit." Edward Sapir

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"During the more than four hundred years that have elapsed since the discovery of America, the native cultures have naturally not been static." Edward Sapir

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"It is true that English is not as complex in its formal structure as is German or Latin, but this does not dispose of the matter." Edward Sapir

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"The psychology of a language which, in one way or another, is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control, is very different from the psychology of a language which one accepts of one's free will." Edward Sapir

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"The supposed inferiority of a constructed language to a national one on the score of richness of connotation is, of course, no criticism of the idea of a constructed language." Edward Sapir

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"I am convinced that the stratigraphic method will in the future enable archaeology to throw far more light on the history of American culture than it has done in the past." Edward Sapir

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"The attitude of independence toward a constructed language which all national speakers must adopt is really a great advantage, because it tends to make man see himself as the master of language instead of its obedient servant." Edward Sapir

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