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    Empires of the Word

    ISBN-10: 0007118708
    ISBN-13: 9780007118700
    Edition: N/A
    Author(s): Nicholas Ostler
    List price: $59.55
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    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Pages: 624
    Size: 5.53" wide x 7.98" long x 1.64" tall
    Weight: 0.704

    Prologue : a clash of languages
    Themistocles' carpet
    What it takes to be a world language; or, you never can tell
    The desert blooms : language innovation in the Middle East
    Triumphs of fertility : Egyptian and Chinese
    Charming like a creeper : the cultured career of Sanskrit
    Three thousand years of solipsism : the adventures of Greek
    Contesting Europe : Celt, Roman, German and Slav
    The first death of Latin
    The second death of Latin
    Usurpers of greatness : Spanish in the new world
    In the train of empire : Europe's languages abroad
    Microcosm or distorting mirror? : the career of English
    The current top twenty
    Looking ahead

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