Language before modern nationalism

Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (Wiles Lecture)Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe by Peter Burke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Burke’s study of how early modern (1450-1789) language scholars wrote about their languages and tried to police their boundaries. He points out that elite usage provided guidance before the emergence of modern nationalism with the French Revolution, while popular usage and the interest in national languages came to be the guides in the modern period.

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