Empires of the Word

ISBN-10: 0007118708
ISBN-13: 9780007118700
Edition: N/A
Author(s): Nicholas Ostler
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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
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