I have a document written in British English and I am using \usepackage[british]{babel} in the preamble; however, this same document also has an abstract written in a different language, whose hyphenation is of course all wrong.

Is there any way to specify something akin to \usepackage[british]{babel}, but just inside a chapter?

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    The package allows to activate another language within the document by commands like \selectlanguage{…} or \foreignlanguage{…}{short text}. Jun 17, 2011 at 10:02
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    Have a look at this question tex.stackexchange.com/q/1177/3240
    – Thorsten
    Jun 17, 2011 at 10:03
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    Jun 17, 2011 at 10:26
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Just load the other languages you need with the babel package putting the main language last and then you switch between the languages via \begin{otherlanguage} ... \end{otherlanguage}, \selectlanguage{language} or \foreignlanguage{language}{text} (like Thorsten Donig and egreg suggested). Here is an example:





\tableofcontents% This is just to show that the the ToC title is in British

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    Note that this will change the automatic LaTeX labels, too, i.e. instead of "Abstract" it'll say "Résumé". To get the English title, switch the order in which the environments are begun: \begin{abstract}\begin{otherlanguage}{french}...\end{otherlanguage}\end{abstract}
    – doncherry
    Jun 17, 2011 at 18:52
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    @doncherry \begin{otherlanguage*} doesn't change the fixed words, so I'd prefer to use this environment rather than changing the order.
    – egreg
    Nov 6, 2012 at 11:56

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