Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

An unusual and authoritative 'natural history of languages' that narrates the ways in which one language has superseded or outlasted another at different times in history.

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 living of a common history and the telling of it.

Yet the history of the world’s great languages has rarely been… (more)

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Publisher: Harper Perennial (February 25, 2010)

Collection: Perennial non-fiction

Parent ISBN: 9780007118717

Language: English


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