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Conrad’s Languages

  • Norman Page
Part of the Macmillan Literary Companions book series (LICOM)

Abstract

Conrad’s mother tongue was, of course, Polish; but towards the end of his life, and after long residence in England, married to an English wife, and with largely English-speaking friends, his Polish seems to have deteriorated. Najder points out that, in commenting on an indifferent Polish translation of his story ‘II Conde’, Conrad showed a sense of Polish style that was ‘in general uneven and incomplete’. He adds that Conrad’s few letters in Polish from his later years show a deterioration of syntactical control, and that ‘whenever he wanted to express a more complex idea, he resorted to French expressions’.

Keywords

Mother Tongue French Word Personal Record Foreign Accent Incurable Tendency 
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© Norman Page 1986

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