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Author Haar, Alisa van de, author

Title The golden mean of languages : forging Dutch and French in the early modern low countries (1540-1620) / Alisa van de Haar
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2019
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Description 1 online resource
Series Brill's studies in intellectual history, 0920-8607 ; 305
Contents Introduction: fascinating multilingualism -- The multilingual low countries -- Trending topics in European language reflection -- French schools -- Calvinist churches -- Printing houses -- Chambers of rhetoric -- Conclusions
Summary "In The Golden Mean of Languages, Alisa van de Haar sheds new light on the debates regarding the form and status of the vernacular in the early modern Low Countries, where both Dutch and French were local tongues. The fascination with the history, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary of Dutch and French has been studied mainly from monolingual perspectives tracing the development towards modern Dutch or French. Van de Haar shows that the discussions on these languages were rooted in multilingual environments, in particular in French schools, Calvinist churches, printing houses, and chambers of rhetoric. The proposals that were formulated there to forge Dutch and French into useful forms were not directed solely at uniformization but were much more diverse"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2018
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Dutch language -- History -- 16th century
French language -- Netherlands -- History -- 16th century
Languages in contact -- Netherlands -- Historyy16th century
Multilingualism -- Netherlands -- History -- 16th century
Dutch language.
French language.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019023650
ISBN 9004408592