February 14, 2008

Harmony between a thing and its name

The First Congress of Ethnozoological Nomenclature
By establishing a harmony between a thing and its name, we conform to a psychic habit as old as humanity (Vendryès) -

Joseph Vendryes (1875-1960) was a French linguist. After studying with Antoine Meillet, he was École Pratique des Hautes Études's chairman of Celtic languages and literature. He founded the journal Études celtiques. He was a member of Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres.

Language is a physiological act since it uses many organs of the human body. It is a psychological act since it supposes the willing activity of the spirit. It is a social act since it fulfils a need for communication between men. Lastly it is a historical fact, attested under various forms. — Le Langage, introduction linguistique à l'histoire. 1921.

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