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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060935726 (0060935723)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 615
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
I just couldn't get into the book. It was a tough read, although it's clear the author loves his subject. The first couple of chapters were interesting, and I thought the author's enthusiasm would carry me through. But it wasn't enough and it really read (to me) more like a series of essays or acade...
simmo
simmo rated it
5.0 Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
This is a wonderful book. Ostler follows the spread of empires and languages across the world and investigates why some languages proliferate and others do not. Interestingly points to the inevitable fate of all languages and in particular the current vogue world language...
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