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IN HER MODE
TEACHING LANGUAGE TO MAN ;
AcQUIRING A LANGUAGE IN THE sHoRTEsT TIME PossIBLE,
Languages were not made by rules or art, but by accident, and the common
use of the people.
PHILADELPHIA : .
BE it remembered that on the fourth day of June, in the twenty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Nicholas G. Dufief, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following...to wit.
* Nature Displayed, in her mode ofteaching language to man ; or a new and infallible method of acquiring a language in the shortest time possible, deduced from the analysis of the human mind, and consequently suited to every capacity. Adapted to the French, by N. G. Dufief, of Pniia lelphia."
Languages were not made by rules or art, but by accident and the common use of the people. LOCKE, Il y eu des fioètes &5 des orateurs, avant qu'on imaginât de faire des grammaires, des fioètiques &5 des rhétoriques. C ON D IL LAC • On me fieut affirendre la grammaire d'une langue quelconque, même celle de son pays, que quand on sait parler, que quand on sait causer. 3ICARD. Vol. I. containing the conversation phrases."
In conformity to the act of congress of the United States, intitled * An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned," and also to the act entitled * An act supplementary to an act entitled * An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned," and extending the benefit thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
DEDICATION , ,
YE most sacred and august manes of LocKE and CoNDILLAc ! and thou virtuous S1cARD, who, by the effulgence of thy genius, has illumined the most dark and abstract subjects, and, by a most scrutinizing attention to the faculties of the mind of man, reinstated a portion of his race* in the possession of such characteristics ofhumanity as Nature withheld ; accept a small, but sincere tribute of veneration and
gratitude in the dedication of the following work, from THE AUTHOR.
* To those who were born deaf, and are consequently dumb, Sicard, by means of physical process, renders the most metaphysical abstractions visible, and enables them to comprehend fully the signification of words, and all the mysteries of the figurative language ; so that they may hold a communication with society by writing- On the other hand, by extending and improving their language of action, they may communicate with one another, with as much facility, and doubtless with greater advantage, than we can, as they have been taught by a rigorous, analytical method, the ideas of which their manual words are the signs. Sicard's sublime theory is fully developed in his o Cours d' Instruction d'un sourd muet de naissance ;" a work almost as useful to those blest with the faculties of speech and hearing, as to the unfortunate objects, who called forth the virtues of his heart and the exertions of his genius.