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    DescriptionNicholas 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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    Empires of the Word
    A Language History of the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicholas Ostler
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 615
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 513 g
    ISBN 13: 9780060935726
    ISBN 10: 0060935723

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 480
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    DC22: 409
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Abridged Dewey: 409
    LC classification: P107 .O88 2006
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A20010000
    BISAC V2.8: LAN001000
    BIC subject category V2: CFLA
    DC21: 409
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Edition statement
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    01 July 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "[A] monumental new book... Ostler furnishes many fresh insights, useful historical anecdotes and charming linguistic oddities."--Chicago Tribune