This volume brings together twelve previously published essays, divided into three sections: 1. Surveys of 16th- and 17th-Century Linguistic Scholarship, 2. The Study of Universal and Particular Traits of Language, and 3. Language Learning and Language Instruction. The volume is completed by an index of biographical names and an index of subjects and terms.
1. Editor's Foreword; 2. I. Surveys of 16th and 17th Century Linguistic Scholarship; 3. 1. Effort and Achievement in 17th-Century British Linguistics; 4. 2. Anglo-Dutch Linguistic Scholarship; 5. 3. Views on Meaning in 16th-Century England; 6. 4. Language Politics of the 16th and 17th-Century English Church; 7. II. On Universal and Individual Traits of Language; 8. 5. William Bedell and the Universal Language Movement in 17th-Century Ireland; 9. 6.Wh- and Yes/No Questions: Charles Butler's Grammar (1633) and the history of a linguistic concept; 10. 7. Nathaniel Chamberlain and his Tractatus de Literis et Lingua Philosophica (1679); 11. III. Language Learning and Language Instruction; 12. 8. Thomas Harriot (1560-1621) and the English Origins of Algonkian Linguistics; 13. 9. The Study of Foreign Languages in 17th-Century England; 14. 10. Arabists and Linguists in England in the 17th Century; 15. 11. Missionary Linguistics in 17th-Century Ireland; 16. 12. Bathsua Makin (1600-c.1673): A pioneer linguist and feminist; 17. Appendix: List of Publications by Vivian Salmon, 1988-1996; 18. Index of Personal Names; 19. Index of Subjects, Terms and Languages