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Variation of verbs by person and number likewise contained in a single word the separation of actor and object necessary to identify events. Modern languages rely much less on inflection and much more on adjectives, prepositions, and pronouns to express abstract qualities. This renders the syntax of modern languages much less flexible and also requires the use of more words to express the same concept. This process, Smith notes, is most exaggerated in English, and from this Smith concludes that English is the most advanced of the modern languages.
Having dispensed with Rousseau’s questions, Smith spends more time explaining the modern diversity of languages, and, in accordance with his strictly linear theory, he argues that the most advanced of the contemporary languages are those containing the highest number of abstract words; the most primitive are the most proper. After every class of objects came to be denoted by its own common noun, Smith argues, it became necessary for speakers to theorize the differences and peculiar qualities of individual objects in order that they might not be confused with each other.
It can happen that we manage only to recall the name, some of the circumstances that accompanied the perceptions, and an abstract idea of perception . . ”7 As this passage indicates, what is necessary for this more efficient form of reflection is a sign, a marker that can hold the place of the object in our memory without requiring the imagination to reproduce each aspect of its full perception. ”9 However, “the beginning of memory is sufficient to begin making us the masters of the exercise of our imagination.