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DCP-LETT-8493

From Chauncey Wright   29 August 1872

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Summary

Discusses ideas on the development of language; agrees with CD that it is a process governed by unconscious selection; he considers it analogous to unconscious selection of domestic animals by savages. Remarks on the differing views of Max Müller and W. D. Whitney regarding the origin of language and its development. Comments on the extent to which unintentional effects can be ascribed directly to the agency of free intelligent wills.

Summary

Discusses ideas on the development of language; agrees with CD that it is a process governed by unconscious selection; he considers it analogous to unconscious selection of domestic animals by savages. Remarks on the differing views of Max Müller and W. D. Whitney regarding the origin of language and its development. Comments on the extent to which unintentional effects can be ascribed directly to the agency of free intelligent wills.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8493
From
Wright, Chauncey
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
London, Covent Garden
Source of text
DAR 181: 169
Physical description
10pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8493,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8493

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