The multilingual pleasures of English

Illustration by John Barnett

The multilingual pleasures of English

English has borrowed more words from French than from any other modern foreign language. French words and phrases—such as à la modeennuinaïveté and caprice—lend English a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that would otherwise elude the language. In Émigrés, Richard Scholar examines the continuing history of untranslated French words in English and asks what these words reveal about the fertile but fraught relationship that England and France have long shared and that now entangles English- and French-speaking cultures all over the world.

 

About the Author

 

Richard Scholar is Professor of French at Durham University. His books include The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something and Montaigne and the Art of Free-Thinking.