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Ostler, Nicholas

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Works: 37 works in 209 publications in 3 languages and 4,560 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: P107, 409
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Publications about Nicholas Ostler
Publications by Nicholas Ostler
Most widely held works by Nicholas Ostler
Empires of the Word : a Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
36 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 2,049 libraries worldwide
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
Ad infinitum : a biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
22 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Latin and held by 878 libraries worldwide
A study of the Latin language examines its role in the evolution of Western culture and civilization; its relationship with ancient Greek language, science, and philosophy; its place in the Catholic Church; and its function as an ancestor of modern-day languages
The last lingua franca : English until the return of Babel by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 517 libraries worldwide
Examines the rise and fall of English as the most widely spoken language in human history and discusses which language will overtake its dominance as English-speaking nations are challenged by the rising wealth of Brazil, Russia, India and China
Passwords to paradise : how languages have re-invented world religions by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 240 libraries worldwide
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." So opens the Gospel of John, an ancient text translated into almost every language, at once a compelling and beguiling metaphor for the Christian story of the Beginning. To further complicate matters, the words we read now are in any number of languages that would have been unknown or unrecognizable at the time of their composition. The gospel may have been originally dictated or written in Aramaic, but our only written source for the story is in Greek. Today, as your average American reader of the New Testament picks up his or her Bible off the shelf, the phrase as it appears has been translated from various linguistic intermediaries before its current manifestation in modern English. How to understand these words then, when so many other translators, languages, and cultures have exercised some level of influence on them? Christian tradition is not unique in facing this problem. All religions--if they have global aspirations--have to change in order to spread their influence, and often language has been the most powerful agent thereof. Passwords to Paradise explores the effects that language difference and language conversion have wrought on the world's great faiths, spanning more than two thousand years. It is an original and intriguing perspective on the history of religion by a master linguistic historian. --
Endangered languages and literacy : proceedings of the Fourth FEL Conference, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 21-24 September 2000 by FEL Conference( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 83 libraries worldwide
A theory of case linking and agreement by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
9 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Endangered languages and education : proceedings of the third FEL Conference, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, National University of Ireland, 17-19 September 1999 by FEL Conference( Book )
14 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 71 libraries worldwide
Endangered languages and the media : proceedings of the Fifth FEL Conference, Agadir, Morocco, 20-23 September 2001 by FEL Conference( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 70 libraries worldwide
Endangered languages : what role for the specialist?, proceedings of the second FEL conference held at the Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh, 25-27 September 1998 by FEL Conference( Book )
14 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
The last lingua franca : the rise and fall of world languages by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
Endangered languages and language learning : proceedings of the conference FEL XII, 24-27 September 2008 Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, the Netherlands by Foundation for Endangered Languages( Book )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Towering babel : a language history of the world by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
A language history of the world by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
This text offers a 'natural history of languages' that narrates the ways in which one language has superseded another at different times in history. It shows that the language of the future will, like the languages of the past, be full of surprises
Voces e imágenes de las lenguas en peligro by FEL Conference( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in Spanish and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Case-linking : a theory of case and verb diathesis applied to classical Sanskrit by Nicholas Ostler( Book )
11 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Reversing language shift : how to re-awaken a language tradition : proceedings of the Fourteenth FEL Conference, Carmarthen, Wales, 13-15 September 2010 by FEL Conference( Book )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Endangered languages : voices and images : proceedings of the conference FEL XV - PUCE I = Voces e imágenes de las lenguas en peligro : actas del congreso internacional Fel XV - PUCE I by Foundation for endangered languages( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Endangered languages and history : proceedings of the conference FEL XIII, 24-26 September 2009, Khorog, Tajikistan by FEL Conference( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Nicholas Ostler British linguist
Nicolaus Ostler
ニコラス・オストラ
Languages
English (182)
Spanish (2)
Latin (1)
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