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Dido's DaughtersLiteracy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France$
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Margaret W. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226243115

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.001.0001

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Sociolinguistic Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

Sociolinguistic Matrices for Early Modern Literacies

Paternal Latin, Mother Tongues, and Illustrious Vernaculars

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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

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