Nicholas Ostler’s Empires of the Word is the first history of the world’s great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together. Empires of the Word, by Nicholas Ostler. Language is mightier than the sword. Michael Church; Wednesday 6 April 0 comments. Nicholas Ostler’s Empires of the Word is the first history of the world’s great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds.
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Empires of the Word – A review
The story of the world in the last five thousand years is above all the story of its languages. Some shared language is what binds any community together and makes possible both the emplres of a common history and the telling of it.
Yet the history of the world’s great languages has been very little told. Empires of the Wordby the wide-ranging linguist Nicholas Ostleris the first to bring together the tales in all their glorious variety: Besides these epic ahievements, language failures are equally fascinating: Why did German get left behind? Why did Egyptian, which had survived foreign takeovers for three millennia, succumb to Mohammed’s Arabic?
As this book splendidly and authoritatively reveals, the language history of the world shows eloquently the real character of peoples; and, for all the recent tehnical mastery of English, nothing guarantees our language’s long-term preeminence. The language future, like the language past, will be full of surprises. Oh dear–I had such high hopes–and I really do love the occasional academic treatise.
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This just wasn’t compelling, despite in the abstract sounding like a slam dunk for me. Eventually I realised one If you, like me, are interested in linguistics and big-picture empiires history, this is the book.
Looking at the history of world powers not in terms of political boundaries but of groups defined by A scholar with a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas Ostler has degrees from Oxford University in Greek, Latin, philosophy, and economics, epmires a Ph. He lives in Bath, England.
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