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Empires of the word : a language history of the world / Nicholas Ostler.

Ostler, Nicholas (Author).

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  • ISBN: 0066210860
  • ISBN: 9780066210865
  • Physical Description: xxi, 615 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2005.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 579-589) and index.
Contents:
Part I: The nature of language history -- Themistocles' carpet -- What it takes to be a world language; or, you never can tell -- Part II: Languages by land -- The desert blooms: language innovation in the Middle East -- Triumphs of fertility: Egyptian and Chinese -- Charming like a creeper: the cultured career of Sanskrit -- Three thousand years of solipsism: the adventures of Greek -- Contesting Europe: Celt, Roman, German and Slav -- The first death of Latin -- Part III: Languages by sea -- The second death of Latin -- Usurpers of greatness: Spanish in the New World -- In the train of empire:Europe's languages abroad -- Microcosm or distorting mirror? the career of English -- Part IV: Languages today and tomorrow -- The current top twenty -- Looking ahead.
Summary, etc.:
An offbeat natural history of language takes readers from the educational and cultural innovators of Sumeria, to the resilience of Chinese, to the global spread of English, in a volume that offers linguistic perspectives on numerous past and present civilizations.
Subject: Language and languages
Historical linguistics.
Talen.
Langage et langues.
Linguistique historique.
Sprache.
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