Etymology as a Natural Science
by Lee Duane FitzSimmons
Etymology can be viewed as the study of the natural expression of humanity. It will now be asserted that human speech is much more than merely a practical use of sound. Using vocally produced sounds to express various ideas can be viewed as an instinctual aspect of human existence. This application of sound could be readily defined as something that is innate to the human essence and not merely a practical employment of human vocal expression.
One should consider the utterances of infants that have received no formal education and are just developing their cognitive faculties. Many of the same basic sounds issued by infants from every culture of the world are amazingly similar. This similarity exists even though infants have not yet been instructed about the various idiosyncrasies associated with any culture.
However, even after cultural acclimation is taught to a young person, the similarities between the numerous regions of the world still retain a very large number of similarities with a plethora of ideas that are expressed through the medium of speech. There is a reason why the amount of these similarities is so very high; there is a common origin for all of humanity. However, even inhabitants of regions that have had little or no connection to any other culture still display similarities of speech to all of the other cultures of the world.
Also, it would be prudent to realize that the basic grammar and syntax of all of the languages of the world are nearly identical. Thus, it becomes more apparent that the words used by humanity are a natural function of the species that is just as instinctual as breathing, drinking, and eating. Thus, etymology can be viewed as a very important natural science with an enormous value to the species.
Thus, etymology can be viewed as a mirror into humanity's soul.
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Copyright 2013 by Lee Fitzsimmons