Empires of the Word

Author(s): Nicholas Ostler

Non Fiction

An unusual and authoritative 'natural history of languages' that narrates the ways in which one language has superseded or outlasted another in the past, and what it is about -- say -- Greek, Sanskrit, Mandarin Chinese and English that has led to their supremacy at different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. / A lively, witty and controversial history of the world viewed through the rise and fall, dissemination and decimation of different languages. / Written without jargon and in a refreshingly unacademic manner, the book is designed to appeal to a wide general readership and anyone interested in the ways in which languages work.


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