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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date July 1, 2006
Pages 615
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060935726
ISBN-10 0060935723
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $17.99
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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. Reprint.
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Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's 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 planet's diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780007118700 Book cover for 9780066210865
 
from Harpercollins (July 1, 2005)
9780066210865 | details & prices | 615 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 2.15 lbs | List price $29.95
About: 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.
from Harpercollins Pub Ltd (February 21, 2005)
9780007118700 | details & prices | 624 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $64.25
About: An unusual and authoritative 'natural history of languages' that narrates the ways in which one language has superseded or outlasted another in the past, and what it is about -- say -- Greek, Sanskrit, Mandarin Chinese and English that has led to their supremacy at different times.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (July 1, 2006)
9780060935726 | details & prices | 615 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $17.99
About: 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.
Miscellaneous
from Harpercollins (September 28, 2010)
9780062047359 | details & prices | 800 pages | List price $16.99

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