Sociolinguistic Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

in Dido's Daughters

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226243115
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226243184 | DOI:
Sociolinguistic Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

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This chapter explores the interlocking histories of French and English languages, in relation to Latin, as linguistic matrices for competing types of gendered literacy. It analyzes textual evidence that works to complicate both the minority and the majority modern views of standard languages and suggests that the minority view has much more to offer the feminist cultural historian than the majority view does. This chapter traces how and when written standard language impinged on oral language uses.

Keywords: Latin; French language; English language; linguistic matrices; gendered literacy; standard language; written language; oral language

Chapter.  23591 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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