Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 August 2019

286 Pages | 20 black and white figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780198837909

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Learning Languages in Early Modern England

John Gallagher

  • The first major study of how English-speakers learnt a variety of continental vernacular languages in the period between 1480 and 1720
  • Takes a broad view of language-learning rather than focusing on only one language
  • Argues that the history of early modern England is a multilingual one, challenging the conventional monoglot approaches to the history of early modern England
  • Shows how multilingualism was fundamental to English history in an age of encounter and exchange
  • Draws on a corpus of over 300 conversation manuals in over 6 languages