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Empires of the word : a language history of the world

Author: Nicholas Ostler
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2005]. ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Ostler
ISBN: 0066210860 9780066210865
OCLC Number: 58563178
Description: xxi, 615 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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.
Responsibility: Nicholas Ostler.
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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.

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