Interlude: A Tale of Two Toms: Dallam and Coryate Speaking in Oriental Tongues

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
Part of the New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800 book series (NETRANS)


“Interlude: A Tale of Two Toms: Dallam and Coryate Speaking in Oriental Tongues” counterpoints Thomas Dallam’s and Thomas Coryate’s linguistic abilities to demonstrate that sounds of otherness both change, and are changed by, sounding bodies and objects. Dallam and Coryate, both Englishmen, proudly record their ability to sound the otherness of foreign languages throughout their travels in the East. While Coryate embraces the transformations his body undergoes through sounding the otherness of a foreign language, delivering a Farsi oration before the Mughal Emperor (and replicating a copy of this speech for his readers), Dallam and his travelling companions fail to interpret uncanny sounds of their native English language heard out of context in a foreign land.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Mary’s College of MarylandSaint Mary’s CityUSA
  2. 2.The Folger Shakespeare LibraryWashington, DCUSA

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