6 APRIL 1867, Page 22

On the Origin of Language. By Hensleigh Wedgwood. (Triibner.)—: Mr.

Wedgwood agrees with Mr. Farrar, rather than with Professor Max Muller, as to the importance of imitative sounds in the creation of a language. We do not know that he adds much to Mr. Farrar's argu- ment so far as principles are concerned. Many of the details given are new, and present several points of curious interest, while the pains and industry with which they have been searched out in divers dictionariee and languages demand unqualified praise.