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Multilingualism, Nationhood, and Cultural Identity

Before the modern nation-state became a stable, widespread phenomenon throughout northern Europe, multilingualism-the use of multiple languages in one geographical area-was common throughout the region.

Author
Karene Sanchez, Marie-Christine Kok Escalle, Willem Frijhoff
Date
30 November 2016

This book brings together historians and linguists, who apply their respective analytic tools to offer an interdisciplinary interpretation of the functions of multilingualism in identity-building in the period, and, from that, draw valuable lessons for understanding today's cosmopolitan societies.