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Author Name    Peter Burke

Title   Language and Communities in Early Modern Europe

Binding   Paperback

Book Condition   New

Edition   First Edition

Size   228 x 152 Mm

Publisher   Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press 2004

ISBN    0521535867 / 9780521535861

Seller ID   012799

In this magisterial new study, Peter Burke explores the social and cultural history of the languages spoken or written in Europe between the invention of printing and the French Revolution, arguing that, from a linguistic point of view, 1450 to 1789 should be regarded as a distinct period. One major theme of the book is the relation between languages and communities (regions, churches, occupations and genders as well as nations) and the place of language as a way of identifying others as well as a symbol of one’s own identity. A second, linked theme is that of competition: between Latin and the vernaculars, between different vernaculars, dominant and subordinate, and finally between different varieties of the same vernacular, such as standard languages and dialects. Written by one of Europe’s leading cultural historians, this book restores the history of the many languages of Europe in a large variety of contexts. • Places the history of the many languages of Europe in their cultural, social and political contexts • Examines the relationship between languages and communities • Written by a renowned historian of international repute Contents Prologue: communities and domains; 1. ‘Speak, that I may see thee’: the discovery of language in early modern Europe; 2. Latin: a language in search of a community; 3. Vernaculars in competition; 4. Standardizing languages; 5. Mixing languages; 6. Purifying languages; Epilogue: languages and nations; Appendix. Printed Pages: 224.

Languages in Early Modern Europe

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