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(Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler

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Read & Download Empires of the Word A Language History of the World 109 An unusual and authoritative 'natural history of languages' that narrates the ways in which one language has superseded or outlasted another at different times in historyThe story of the world in the last five thousand years is above all the story of its languages Some shared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 itYet the history of the world’s great languages has rarely been examined ‘Empires of th. Ostler s erudition is encyclopedic All by himself he wrote this handy one volume language history of the world ranging from Sumerian Akkadian and Aramaic in the ancient world to English in our contemporary scene discussing Egyptian Chinese Sanskrit Greek Latin Spanish and Russian in the course of his immense story The narrative is not one of a triumphal march rather it is a subtle plotting of the rise and fall of languages and so puts the current prevalence of English in much needed perspectiveThroughout the book Ostler is at pains to correct the misconception that empire building has carried the burden of language spread Some conuerors in fact adopted the language of their vanuished foes Even when military might led to language spread what was vital for the permanent adoption of the foreign language was the growth of the language community in which a parent often the mother taught the children her native language The hearth and not the battlefield was where language victories were won or lost Ostler gives four main reasons why an imperial language lives on after the empire disappears The reasons are self explanatory creole eg all the American colonies that became independent from their mother countries in Europe nostalgia why French has hung on in sub Saharan Africa unity the take up of Malay by the newly independent Indonesia and globality the many countries that adopt English In Ostler s terms Singapore has retained English for reasons of unity and globality This is a book I will come back to again and again

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Read & Download Empires of the Word A Language History of the World 109 E Word’ is the first to bring together the tales in all their glorious variety the amazing innovations – in education culture and diplomacy – devised by speakers in the Middle East; the uncanny resilience of Chinese throughout twenty centuries of invasions; the progress of Sanskrit from north India to Java and Japan; the struggle that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe; and the global spread of EnglishBesides these epic achievements language failures are eually fascina. History is a lot fascinating when viewed through the spread of various languages and culturesThe author here presents his case for the importance of languages in the human history The distinctive traits of various languages and how they are central to the formation of societies and their role in defining their culturesAfter a brief introduction on the nature of language history the first half of the book deals with the language spread by land Starting with the mesopotamian languages of Sumerian Akkadian Aramaic and Arabic It then goes on to the rise and fall of sanskrit in India of latin and Greek in Europe and the spread of Chinese and EgyptianSevond half of the book deals with the spread of the European languages by the sea starting with Portuguese spanish dutchFrench and then EnglishThe final section deals with the current state of the most spoken languages in the world and some speculation regarding their futureThis is a richly detailed work that goes through the rise and fall of than a dozen of the world s most influential languages while investigating the factors involved in their growth and deathFilled with a lot of anecdotes in their original languages and some detailed descriptions of the structures of various languages this is not an easy and fast read but is very fascinating and enjoyable

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Read & Download Empires of the Word A Language History of the World 109 Ting why did Germany get left behind Why did Egyptian which had survived foreign takeovers for three millennia succumb to Mohammed’s Arabic Why is Dutch unknown in modern Indonesia given that the Netherlands had ruled the East Indies for as long as the British ruled IndiaAs this book engagingly reveals the language history of the world shows elouently the real characters of peoples; it also shows that the language of the future will like the languages of the past be full of surprise. If you read only one book on diachronic sociolinguistics make it this one Ambitious in scope it organizes history into successions of language groups rather than the usual empires and nationsI enjoyed a short tangent the book took into a comparison of Greek and Chinese conceptions of the barbarian They were similar in that barbarian was essentially used to describe those not of the civilized center different in that the Greek version didn t waste much time categorizing barbarian ualities whereas the Chinese had a nuanced typography of barbaric attributesI have a Greek friend who calls me a barbarian One day he ll stop but I may have to clout him over the head with something fierce to help him see reason


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    (Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler Ostler's erudition is encyclopedic All by himself he wrote this handy one volume language history of the world ranging from Sumerian Akkadian and Aramaic in the ancient world to English in our contemporary scene discussing Egyptian Chinese Sanskrit Greek Latin Spanish and Russian in the course of his immense story The narrative is not one of a triumphal march; rather it is a subtle plotting of the rise and fall of languages and s

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    Nicholas Ostler ↠ 9 Read Download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Nicholas Ostler (Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler History is a lot fascinating when viewed through the spread of various languages and culturesThe author here presents his case for the importance of languages in the human history The distinctive traits of various languages and how they are cen

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    (Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler Wow this book covers a lot of ground and a lot of history I learned a few things that I'd been curious about for a long time like w

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    Nicholas Ostler ↠ 9 Read Download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Nicholas Ostler (Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler Not a fun book nor an easy book and not well edited But maybe the most illuminating world history book that I have ever read A hell of a lot credible than Guns Germs and Steel You get used to learning the history of the world through the lens of empire It makes sense when you understand what kinds of languages people were speaking All the s

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    Nicholas Ostler ↠ 9 Read Download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Nicholas Ostler characters Empires of the Word A Language History of the World “Our language places us in a cultural continuum linking us to the past and showing our meanings also to futur

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    (Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler Easily one of the most intensely researched popular science books I've ever read it's right up there with Jared Diamond's works in terms of endless footnotes and works cited this is an impressively sweeping overview of the history of a dozen of the world's major languages and language families that manages to be interestin

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    (Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler If you read only one book on diachronic sociolinguistics make it this one Ambitious in scope it organizes history into successions of language groups rather than the usual empires and nationsI enjoyed a short tangent the book took

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    (Empires of the Word A Language History of the World) PDF DOWNLOAD ¹ Nicholas Ostler Download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Nicholas Ostler characters Empires of the Word A Language History of the World I bought this thinking it would be philological in nature but it turned out to be something else entirely; a history of the spread and decline in many cases of the use of major languages throughout history Traditional philology gets only fleeting mentions If the author is to be believed such a thing has never been attem

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  • Empires of the Word A Language History of the World
  • Nicholas Ostler
  • English
  • 18 July 2019
  • 9780007364893