Die Sprache ist der große Kanal...

English translation: Language is the great conduit ...

17:06 Oct 11, 2004
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German term or phrase: Die Sprache ist der große Kanal...
Hello! I am looking for the English (and presumably original) version of this quote (which is apparently by John Locke), and so far all my Googling has come to naught. Can anyone help me out?

“Die Sprache ist der große Kanal, durch den die Menschen einander Ihre Entdeckungen, Folgerungen und Erkenntnisse vermitteln.”
Hilary Davies Shelby
United States
Local time: 04:48
English translation:Language is the great conduit ...
Explanation:
Traditionally, humans are regarded as reliable fact-swappers, and conveying information is often claimed to be the primary purpose of language. This view was put forward by philosophers, such as the seventeenth century thinker, John Locke, who stated that language is ‘the great conduit, whereby men convey their discoveries, reasonings, and knowledge, from one to another’.
http://www.uefap.co.uk/speaking/pron/test.htm


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Note added at 9 mins (2004-10-11 17:15:57 GMT)
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It appears his actual words have been altered slightly. Here\'s the original text.

John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: Book 3: Chapter 11
Book III - Chapter XI
Of the Remedies of the Foregoing Imperfections and Abuses of Words

For language being the great conduit, whereby men convey their discoveries, reasonings, and knowledge, from one to another, he that makes an ill use of it, though he does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, which are in things themselves, yet he does, as much as in him lies, break or stop the pipes whereby it is distributed to the public use and advantage of mankind.

http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/academic/digitexts/locke/underst...
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Kim Metzger
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You guys are STARS! Thank you so much - "conduit" did NOT occur to me! ;-)
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Die Sprache ist der große Kanal...
Language is the great conduit ...


Explanation:
Traditionally, humans are regarded as reliable fact-swappers, and conveying information is often claimed to be the primary purpose of language. This view was put forward by philosophers, such as the seventeenth century thinker, John Locke, who stated that language is ‘the great conduit, whereby men convey their discoveries, reasonings, and knowledge, from one to another’.
http://www.uefap.co.uk/speaking/pron/test.htm


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Note added at 9 mins (2004-10-11 17:15:57 GMT)
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It appears his actual words have been altered slightly. Here\'s the original text.

John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: Book 3: Chapter 11
Book III - Chapter XI
Of the Remedies of the Foregoing Imperfections and Abuses of Words

For language being the great conduit, whereby men convey their discoveries, reasonings, and knowledge, from one to another, he that makes an ill use of it, though he does not corrupt the fountains of knowledge, which are in things themselves, yet he does, as much as in him lies, break or stop the pipes whereby it is distributed to the public use and advantage of mankind.

http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/academic/digitexts/locke/underst...


Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 04:48
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Grading comment
You guys are STARS! Thank you so much - "conduit" did NOT occur to me! ;-)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ian M-H: http://www.rbjones.com/rbjpub/philos/classics/locke/ctb3c11....
3 mins

agree  ntext: that's what I found
4 mins

agree  Olaf Reibedanz
9 mins

agree  Julie Draper-Duruz: found the same :)
36 mins
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