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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler

Nicholas Ostlers Empires of the Word is the first history of the worlds 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 planets diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.

Author: Nicholas Ostler

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 642

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Publication Date: 2006-06-27

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