If we pass to an isolating language like Chinese, we find the exact converse of that which meets us in the polysynthetic tongues.
The result often is certain sesquipedalia verba comparable in length to those of the American polysynthetic languages.
On account of the frequent occurrence of such elements American languages have been classed as 'polysynthetic.'
The Chippewa is, in its structure, what is denominated by Mr. Du Ponceau "polysynthetic."
Very different from all these is the spirit of a polysynthetic language.
That its principles are not, in fact, polysynthetic, but on the contrary unasynthetic: its rules were all of one piece.
It is called by philologists the polysynthetic construction.
This polysynthetic character undoubtedly does point to a common origin, just as the Indo-European tongues trace back to Sanskrit.
A polysynthetic language illustrates no principles that are not already exemplified in the more familiar synthetic languages.
A polysynthetic language, as its name implies, is more than ordinarily synthetic.