Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

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$17.98  $16.54
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
Pages
640
Dimensions
5.4 X 7.9 X 1.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780060935726

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About the Author

A scholar with a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas Ostler has degrees from Oxford University in Greek, Latin, philosophy, and economics, and a Ph.D. in linguistics from MIT, where he studied under Noam Chomsky. He lives in Bath, England.

Reviews

"What an extraordinary odyssey the author of this superb work embarked upon."--Literary Review
"A work of immense erudition."--Christian Science Monitor
"Delicious! Ostler's book shows how certain lucky languages joined humankind in its spread across the world."--John McWhorter
"Enlightening . . . Always challenging, always instructive--at times, even startling or revolutionary."--Kirkus Reviews
"Covers more rambunctious territory than any other single volume I'm aware of...A wonderful ear for the project's poetry."--John Leonard, Harper's Magazine
"A story of dramatic reversals and puzzling paradoxes. A rich... text with many piercing observations and startling comparisons."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Revolutionary... Executed with a giddying depth of scholarship, yet the detail is never too thick to swamp the general reader."--Boston magazine
"[A] wide-ranging history of the world's languages... [Ostler] brilliantly raises questions and supplies answers or theories."--Washington Post
"True scholarship. A marvelous book, learned and instructive."--National Review
"[A] monumental new book... Ostler furnishes many fresh insights, useful historical anecdotes and charming linguistic oddities."--Chicago Tribune