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English and the Language of Others


  • Young, Robert J.C.


Any consideration of English in the context of a literature for Europe prompts the question of whether English can be contained within the paradigm of Europe, whether it could or should ever be restrained from overflowing its edges and boundaries. While English was created from the crucible of European languages, its filiations have long since stretched far beyond the borders of the continent. Close observation of the dynamics of English, and of English Literature, it could be argued, illustrates one reason why contemporary Britain finds it difficult to limit itself to an exclusively European dimension.

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  • Young, Robert J.C., 2009. "English and the Language of Others," European Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 17(01), pages 203-212, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:eurrev:v:17:y:2009:i:01:p:203-212_00

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