Ask Me Help Desk

Ask Me Help Desk (
-   Languages (
-   -   Study of foreign languages in the 18th century (

  • Jul 12, 2003, 09:52 AM
    Study of foreign languages in the 18th century
    I'm doing a paper on Gulliver's Travels for university and I would appreciate if you could help me with this question:
    Did people in the 18th century give any importance to the learning of a foreign language? Was it a normal practice to learn a foreign language?
    I am particularly interested in what happened in England.
    Thanks a lot.
  • Jun 27, 2009, 08:23 AM

    Um, YES. The term Philology comes from the 18th century. They were taught languages all over the place. There were also less translations of things, save from Ancient Greek or Latin, so. Though most of the linguistic studies happened in the 19th century with the Jacob Grimm and such.

  • All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:10 PM.