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Learning Languages in Early Modern England$
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John Gallagher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198837909

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198837909.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.208) Conclusion
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Learning Languages in Early Modern England
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John Gallagher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198837909.003.0005

The conclusion brings together the arguments made in the book’s four central chapters, in order to show the unique contribution the book makes. As the first full-length book on the topic, it opens up a number of questions for future research, and the conclusion points towards rich areas of work which can build on the findings of the book and further enrich our understanding of a multilingual English history. It asks how the polyglot perspective might enrich and challenge areas of English history in this period: given the pervasiveness of multilingualism in the urban, diplomatic, religious, and mercantile spheres—and considering the existence of many individuals whose multilingualism left little written record—how can we write a history of this transformative period that is alive to the polyglot forces that shaped both England and English?

Keywords:   English history, polyglot perspective, multilingualism, urban, diplomatic, religious, mercantile

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