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Multilingualism
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Texts produced in Britain in the later medieval period frequently include more than one language, either as stretches of text or as individual words or phrases.

English has a long history of contact with other languages, most notably Scandinavian and later French. Contact-induced linguistic effects in general presuppose some degree of bilingualism or, in the case of dialects or closely related languages, mutual intel…

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Mark Chambers and Louise Sylvester, “Multilingualism”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 20 July 2019
First published online: 2018



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