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Exile and Linguistic Encounter: Early Modern English Convents in the Low Countries and France

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JournalRenaissance Quarterly
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Dec 2018
Original languageEnglish


The history of religious migration and experience of exile in the early modern period has received a great deal of attention in recent years. Neglected within this scholarship, however, is sustained discussion of linguistic encounter within these, often fraught, transcultural and transnational interactions. This article breaks new ground by exploring the linguistic experiences of religious exiles in English convents founded in the Low Countries. Most women within English communities in exile were linguistically challenged; focusing on the creative ways these women subsequently negotiated language barriers sheds new light on female language acquisition and encounter during this period.

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