Multilingualism, Nationhood, and Cultural Identity

Northern Europe, 16th-19th Centuries

Edited by Willem Frijhoff, Marie-Christine Kok Escalle, and Karène Sanchez-Summerer

Multilingualism, Nationhood, and Cultural Identity

Edited by Willem Frijhoff, Marie-Christine Kok Escalle, and Karène Sanchez-Summerer

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

194 pages | 4 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789462980617 Published March 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Before the modern nation-state became a stable, widespread phenomenon throughout northern Europe, multilingualism—the use of multiple languages in one geographical area—was common throughout the region. This book brings together historians and linguists, who apply their respective analytic tools to offer an interdisciplinary interpretation of the functions of multilingualism in identity-building in the period, and, from that, draws valuable lessons for understanding today’s cosmopolitan societies.
 
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