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The Resource Empires of the word : a language history of the world, Nicholas Ostler

Empires of the word : a language history of the world, Nicholas Ostler

Label
Empires of the word : a language history of the world
Title
Empires of the word
Title remainder
a language history of the world
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas Ostler
Title variation
Language history of the world
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
An offbeat natural history of language takes readers from the educational and cultural innovators of Sumeria, to the resilience of Chinese, to the global spread of English, in a volume that offers linguistic perspectives on numerous past and present civilizations
Cataloging source
DAC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ostler, Nicholas
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
P107
LC item number
.O88 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and languages
  • Historical linguistics
Label
Empires of the word : a language history of the world, Nicholas Ostler
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published as hbk.: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2005. 1st American ed
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 579-589) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The nature of language history: Themistocles' carpet ; What it takes to be a world language; or, you never can tell -- Languages by land: The desert blooms : language innovation in the Middle East ; First interlude : Whatever happened to Elamite? ; Second interlude : The shield of faith ; Third interlude : Turkic and Persian, outriders of Islam ; 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 -- Languages by sea: 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 -- Languages today and tomorrow: The current top twenty ; Looking ahead
Control code
ocm70855315
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Harper Perennial ed.
Extent
xxi, 615 pages
Isbn
9780060935726
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)70855315
Label
Empires of the word : a language history of the world, Nicholas Ostler
Publication
Note
Originally published as hbk.: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2005. 1st American ed
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 579-589) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The nature of language history: Themistocles' carpet ; What it takes to be a world language; or, you never can tell -- Languages by land: The desert blooms : language innovation in the Middle East ; First interlude : Whatever happened to Elamite? ; Second interlude : The shield of faith ; Third interlude : Turkic and Persian, outriders of Islam ; 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 -- Languages by sea: 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 -- Languages today and tomorrow: The current top twenty ; Looking ahead
Control code
ocm70855315
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Harper Perennial ed.
Extent
xxi, 615 pages
Isbn
9780060935726
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)70855315

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