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. Nicholas Ostler is a British scholar and author. Ostler studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where His book Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World documents the spread of language throughout recorded human history. Yet the history of the world’s great languages has been very little told. Empires of the Word, by the wide-ranging linguist Nicholas Ostler, is the.
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The story of the world in the last five thousand years is above all the story of its languages.
Some shared language is what binds any community together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. Yet the history of the world’s great languages has been very little told.
Empires of the Wordby the wide-ranging woorld Nicholas Ostleris the first to bring together the tales in all their glorious variety: Besides these epic ahievements, language failures are equally fascinating: Why did German get left behind?
Why did Egyptian, which had survived foreign takeovers for three millennia, succumb to Nichllas Arabic? As this book splendidly and authoritatively reveals, the language history of the world shows eloquently the real character of peoples; and, for all the recent tehnical mastery of English, nothing guarantees our language’s long-term preeminence. The language empirres, like the language past, will be full of surprises. Oh dear–I had such high hopes–and I really do love the occasional academic treatise.
This just wasn’t compelling, despite in the abstract sounding like a slam dunk for me. Eventually I realised one If you, like me, are interested in linguistics and big-picture world history, this is the book. Looking at the history of world powers not in terms of political boundaries oatler of groups defined by A scholar with a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas Ostler has degrees from Oxford University in Greek, Latin, philosophy, and economics, and a Ph.
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Yet the history of the world’s great languages has been very little told My library Help Advanced Book Search. Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World. Harper CollinsJun 28, – History – pages.
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