Anglo-Dutch linguistic scholarship
A survey of seventeenth-century achievements
Although political, social and cultural relationships between 17th-century England and the Netherlands have inspired several books and articles, no general account has yet been produced of the linguistic achievements, academic and applied, which resulted to a large extent from the common personal interests of English and Dutch scholars of the period. This brief survey attempts to present such an account, beginning with the linguistic problems which beset religious refugees in both countries, and their attempted solutions – more especially for the Dutch in England. This and other topics referred to here have already been discussed elsewhere on an individual basis; by considering them together in a single paper, it is hoped to demonstrate that the results of Anglo-Dutch linguistic collaboration were worthy to be compared with achievements in other and better-known fields.