Combinatory Logic: Volume I by Haskell B. Curry, Robert Feys, William Craig, A. Heyting, A.

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Original sin is the cause of our having many languages. If it is not possible to have one language, there is a language Christians and others could use. That one language should be both sweet-sounding, learned and eloquent. Sweetness exists in the sound of single, separate words or combinations of words. Learning consists in the proper designation of things; eloquence in the abundance and variety of words and phrases. All of these qualities would bring it about that men would speak this language willingly and would be able to express their feelings in the most fitting way, and their judgment would be increased by it.

43 Spanish and Provençal cabbalists including Abraham Abulafia led a second stream of efforts to invent a perfect language based on the mystical number four. ”44 Because it could be manipulated in a multiplicity of ways to produce strings of intelligible discourse and presumably true sentences, Hebrew was regarded by Cabbalists and renaissance Llullists as the perfect language. The existence of the Hebrew language from ancient times and a belief that Adam spoke it gave rise to the “monogenetic hypothesis”—the notion that all human languages descend from a common root.

Moss 2003: 36. Quintilian 1921‒1996: I, 5, 72 ff. Renaissance Truths 30 Authority (auctoritas) Where Quintilian had understood authority in terms of the speech of orators, historians and poets, Valla stresses the art of rhetoric. ”63 Antiquity (vetustas) Valla follows Quintilian in attributing majesty and sanctity to classical Latin because of its ancient origin. Valla’s ambition to extend the influence of classical Latin rhetoric into theology adds religious and spiritual dimensions to his concept of a perfect language.

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