Dutch and Other Languages in Seventeenth Century Britain and the Dutch Republic. Two Monographs by Christopher Joby

(Reinier Salverda) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2016, № 24, PP. 290-291

What we have before us here are two substantial scholarly monographs by one British academic, both focussing on the history of Dutch in contact with other languages, in the Dutch Republic of course, but especially also in early modern Britain. Both adopt the cultural-historical perspective on European multilingualism and combine this with an approach to historical, socio- and contact linguistics. And both remind us how near England has always been, in close contact and competition with the Low Countries.

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