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Trading Tongues offers fresh approaches to the multilingualism of major early English authors like Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, Margery Kempe, and William Caxton, and lesser-known figures like French lyricist Charles d’Orléans. Juxtaposing literary works with contemporaneous Latin and French civic records, mixed-language merchant miscellanies, and bilingual phrasebooks, Jonathan Hsy illustrates how languages commingled in late medieval and early modern cities. Chaucer, a customs official for the Port of London, infused English poetry with French and Latin merchant jargon, and London merchants incorporated Latin and vernacular verse forms into trilingual account books. Hsy examines how writers working in English, Latin, and French (and combinations thereof) theorized the rich contours of polyglot identity. In a range of genres—from multilingual lyrics, poems about urban life, and autobiographical narratives—writers found venues to consider their own linguistic capacities and to develop new modes of conceiving language contact and exchange. Interweaving close readings of medieval texts with insights from sociolinguistics and postcolonial theory, Trading Tongues not only illuminates how multilingual identities were expressed in the past; it generates new ways of thinking about cultural contact and language crossings in our own time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Dedication, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-8
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: London's Languages and Translingual Writing
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. Chaucer's Polyglot Dwellings: Home and the Customs House
  2. pp. 27-57
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  1. 2. Overseas Travel and Languages in Motion
  2. pp. 58-89
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  1. 3. Translingual Identities in John Gower and William Caxton
  2. pp. 90-130
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  1. 4. Travel and Language Contact in The Book of Margery Kempe
  2. pp. 131-156
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  1. 5. Merchant Compilations and Translingual Creation
  2. pp. 157-193
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  1. 6. Coda: Contact Literatures, Medieval/Postcolonial
  2. pp. 194-209
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-237
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  1. Other Works in the Series, Back Cover
  2. pp. 237-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271056
Related ISBN
9780814212295
MARC Record
OCLC
867742123
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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