Language and Communities in Early Modern Europe

By: Peter Burke

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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.

Title: Language and Communities in Early Modern Europe

Author Name: Peter Burke

Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2004

ISBN: 0521828961

ISBN 13: 9780521828963

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 012798

Keywords: Languages in Early Modern Europe