Empires of the Word

Empires of the Word

A Language History of the World

Book - 2006
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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.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Harper Perennial, 2006, c2005.
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780060935726
Branch Call Number: 409 Ost
Characteristics: xxi, 615 pages : illustrations, maps.


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Jul 18, 2017

Non-fiction book deftly explained why some languages survived, other died or on life-support by the elites or the religious by culture, commerce, conquest to how easy to learn.

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