Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World


By (author) Nicholas Ostler

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 615 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 30mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 13 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060935723
  • ISBN 13: 9780060935726
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 57,211

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Noted linguist Nicholas Ostler brings together the tales of the world's languages in all their glorious variety in this unusual and authoritative natural history of languages, offering a unique perspective on civilization through the ages. Maps. Charts.

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"[A] wide-ranging history of the world's languages... [Ostler] brilliantly raises questions and supplies answers or theories."--Washington Post