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Empires of the word : a language history of the world

Author: Nicholas Ostler
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Di 1 banView all editions and formats
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An offbeat natural history of language takes readers from the educational and cultural innovators of Sumer, 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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Ostler
ISBN: 9780060935726 0060935723
OCLC Number: 972015797
Description: xxi, 615 pages : illustrations, maps, facsimiles ; 21 cm
Contents: The nature of language history --
Languages by land --
Languages by sea --
Languages today and tomorrow.
Other Titles: Language history of the world
Responsibility: Nicholas Ostler.

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An offbeat natural history of language takes readers from the educational and cultural innovators of Sumer, 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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