Speaking Transnationally: Early Modern European Linguistic Exchanges with Islamic Southeast Asia

  title={Speaking Transnationally: Early Modern European Linguistic Exchanges with Islamic Southeast Asia},
  author={Su Fang Ng},
  • S. F. Ng
  • Published 1 July 2015
  • Linguistics
This article considers European cross-cultural exchanges with Islamic Southeast Asia from the perspective of language. Earlier assumptions of the superiority of European languages over non-European ones are unwarranted. In the early modern period English was a peripheral language, and the English and other Europeans used various languages to communicate in trading relations with the East. In Southeast Asia (the “East Indies”), Malay was a significant early modern lingua franca. This study… 
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