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Book III


Chapter I

Of Words or Language in General.

Man fitted to form articulate Sounds.       §1. God having designed Man for a sociable Creature, made him
not only with an inclination, and under a necessity to have fellow-
ship with those of his own kind; but furnished him also with
Language, which was to be the great Instrument, and common Tye
of Society. Man therefore had by Nature his Organs so fashioned,
as to be fit to frame articulate Sounds, which we call Words. But this
was not enough to produce Language; for Parrots, and several other
Birds, will be taught to make articulate Sounds distinct enough,
which yet, by no means, are capable of Language.
Locke Hum III, 1, §1, p. 402