I shall endeavour, therefore, to divide the languages ascribed to him into four different classes.
¬First, languages certainly spoken by Cardinal Mezzofanti with a perfection rare in foreigners.
¬Secondly, languages which is he said to have spoken well, but as to which the evidence of sufficient trial is not so complete.
Thirdly, languages which he spoke freely, but less perfectly.
¬Fourthly, languages in which he could merely express himself and initiate a conversation I shall
add : —
¬Fifthly, certain other languages which he had studied from books, but does not apjpear to have
¬And lastly, dialects of the principal languages. This order, of course, precludes all idea of a scientific classification* of the languages according to families.
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