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The two other pieces in Part 3 deal with much earlier topics in the history of the language: 'The Germanic Heritage' is a sketch of the different layers of Germanic influence on English, while 'The Spoken Word in International Contacts in Carolingian Europe' examines very specific issues of bilingualism and mutual intelligibility during a meeting in 942 between King Otto I and King Louis IV of France. However, it is probably for his writings on the teaching and acquisition of foreign languages that Christophersen is best known in this country (for example his 1973 work Second-Language Learning: Myth and Reality), and that is the subject matter of Part 2 of this book.