Multilingualism in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: by Albrecht Classen

By Albrecht Classen

Bi- and multilingualism are of significant curiosity for modern linguists for the reason that this phenomenon deeply displays on language acquisition, language use, and sociolinguistic stipulations in lots of varied conditions world wide. Multilingualism was once, even though, definitely relatively universal already, if now not specially, within the premodern global. For a while now, learn has began to discover this factor via a few really good experiences. the current quantity maintains with the research of multilingualism via a suite of case reports concentrating on very important examples in medieval and early smooth societies, that's, in linguistic and cultural touch zones, similar to England, Spain, the Holy Land, but additionally the hot global. As all members ensure, the varied circumstances of multilingualism mentioned right here point out strongly that the premodern interval knew significantly much less boundaries among humans of alternative social periods, cultural heritage, and spiritual orientation. yet we even have to recognize that already then human verbal exchange may possibly fail as a result of linguistic hurdles which avoided mutual knowing in spiritual and cultural phrases.

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