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Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet's diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.

About the Author

A scholar with a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas Ostler has degrees from Oxford University in Greek, Latin, philosophy, and economics, and a Ph.D. in linguistics from MIT, where he studied under Noam Chomsky. He lives in Bath, England.

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ISBN:
9780060935726
Author:
Ostler, Nicholas
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Nicholas Ostler
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Historical linguistics
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
World
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.02x5.42x1.13 in. 1.13 lbs.

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