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Learning Languages in Early Modern England

John Gallagher


In 1578, the author, teacher, translator, and lexicographer John Florio wrote of English that it was ‘a language that wyl do you good in England, but passe Dover, it is woorth nothing’. Florio lived in an age when English was a marginal language on the international stage, and when language-learning was central to the English encounter with the wider world. This book is the first major study of how English-speakers learnt a variety of Continental vernaculars. Moving from language lessons in early modern London to the texts, practices, and ideas that underlay vernacular language education in th ... More

Keywords: early modern, language-learning, travel, education, multilingualism, polyglot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198837909
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198837909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gallagher, author
Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Leeds

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