Language and Knowledge in Early Modern Britain

Language and Knowledge in Early Modern Britain

15 Friday
From Fri, 15/11/2019 to Sat, 16/11/2019

Friday November 15: 9.15am - 6.30pm
Saturday November 16: 9.30am - 5pm

  • Maison de la Recherche (salle Athéna)
  • Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
    4 rue des Irlandais, Paris 75005


The conference will focus on the role of translation and lexical borrowing in the expansion of specific English lexicons (erudite, technical, or artisanal) as evidenced in printed texts from the early modern period. In an age of technical progress, geographic discoveries, easier communication, but also of growing interest in theorizing national literature and defining literary genres, how does multilingualism in print contribute to define specialised lexicons? What is the technical, but also the rhetorical import of the foreign words used in English texts? Are polyglot writers and speakers represented as particularly knowledgeable? Particular attention will be paid to translations (including self-translations) and to texts which feature a significant portion of non-English vocabulary in order to try and evidence potential correlations between the language used, the type of knowledge the author aims to share, the authority s/he intends to claim, and the targeted readership(s).


  • Philip Durkin (Oxford English Dictionary)
  • Anders Ingram (University of Oxford)
  • Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Chloë Houston (University of Reading)
  • Fiona Lejosne (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)
  • Marina Bezzi (independent)
  • Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University),
  • Sophie Lemercier-Goddard (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
  • Guy Carney (Brepols)
  • Angela Andreani (Università degli Studi di Milano) & Daniel Russo (Università degli Studi dell’Insubria)
  • Susan Baddeley (Université Versailles Saint-Quentin)
  • Fabien Simon (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Élodie Cassan (UMR IRHIM)
  • Armelle Sabatier (Université Paris Panthéon-Assas)
  • Anne-Valérie Dulac (Université Paris Sorbonne)
  • Jean-David Eynard (University of Cambridge)
  • Laetitia Sansonetti (Université Paris Nanterre & Institut Universitaire de France)




Free admission subject to availability