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The Resource Trading tongues : merchants, multilingualism, and medieval literature, Jonathan Hsy

Trading tongues : merchants, multilingualism, and medieval literature, Jonathan Hsy

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Trading tongues : merchants, multilingualism, and medieval literature
Title
Trading tongues
Title remainder
merchants, multilingualism, and medieval literature
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Hsy
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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<U+0127> �from multilingual lyrics, poems about urban life, and autobiographical narratives<U+0127> �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 --
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Hsy, Jonathan Horng
Dewey number
404.209420902
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Interventions : new studies in medieval culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Multilingualism and literature
  • Multilingualism
  • English literature
  • Languages in contact
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Trading tongues : merchants, multilingualism, and medieval literature, Jonathan Hsy
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : London's languages and translingual writing -- Chaucer's polyglot dwellings : home and the customs house -- Overseas travel and languages in motion -- Translingual identities in John Gower and William Caxton -- Travel and language contact in The book of Margery Kempe -- Merchant compilations and translingual creation -- Coda : contact literatures, medieval/postcolonial
Control code
FIEb1737893x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780814212295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)823927730
Label
Trading tongues : merchants, multilingualism, and medieval literature, Jonathan Hsy
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : London's languages and translingual writing -- Chaucer's polyglot dwellings : home and the customs house -- Overseas travel and languages in motion -- Translingual identities in John Gower and William Caxton -- Travel and language contact in The book of Margery Kempe -- Merchant compilations and translingual creation -- Coda : contact literatures, medieval/postcolonial
Control code
FIEb1737893x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780814212295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)823927730

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