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thirdly, if it b true tht "language shd proceed from e known t e unknown," thn it also points t a small homogeneous basis, because in e experience v childhood, where ideas originate, only e homogeneous native words cd b well-known ones

fourthly, if it b true that language should proceed from e simple words t e complex, thn it again follows naturally tht we must build on e homogeneous, native saxon, teutonic words, because only such words are e simple ones by whc we cn build up e higher ones; as arm n bone makes self-explaining "armbone" while humerus is a new term.

t develop language from a few well-known native words makes language not only more scientific, but also more poetical, concrete, n definite.  such language wd greatly promote popular intelligence n honesty, for honesty depends very much upon a clear consciousness.

e four fundamental principles aforesaid wl not merely produce a self-explaining n homogeneous language; tht s, a language v one kind or nature or v one cloth, so to speak, but those four principles require also phonetic spelling n a simple n regular grammar.  those four principles wl not only serve as guides in construction, but also as a cement, t make e language solid, durable, harmonious, n e words mutually suggestive n neighbourly helpful, by excluding e many, isolating n solitary facts.

let us see if ths b true.  if "e ease v e suggestive action is strong in proportion t e number v tms e word, sign or symbol h bn associated in consciousness, tht s, in experience, observation, or memory," thn it follows tht thr must b only one sign (letter) for one sound, n only one sound for one sign or letter, otherwise thr cannot b e regulrar frequency v association between letter n sound t produce e greatest ease v e suggestive action.  if a given sound is sometimes represented by one letter or combination v letters, and at other tms by different letters, e solidity v e association in consciousness wl b broken, n therefore e greatest ease v e suggestive action cannot arise.

science, therefore, requires phonetic spelling.  for e same reason capital letters must b discarded, because they prevent a constant association between e same sign n sound by dividing e attention.  e only way t keep consciousness alive is by repeated restamping.

repititio mater studiorm est.

wth regard t grammar, we may say tht it shd h few, simple, n regular rules. if it b true tht "e ease v e suggestive action s strong in proportion t e number v tms e word or rule n e idea h bn associated in consciousness,"