Praise for 'Empires of the Word': 'It is a compelling read, one of the most interesting books I have read in a long while...a great book. After reading it you will never think of language in the same way again.' Guardian 'Learned and entertaining...remarkably comprehensive as well as thought-provoking.' Observer 'Ostler is particularly good on this linguistic fragility...This richly various book offers new insights and information for almost everyone interested in the past.' Sunday Telegraph 'A serious work of scholarship, but one that can be read from cover to cover by the amateur enthusiast...the breadth of this analysis is breathtaking...it does its job admirably.' Spectator 'Ambitious and well-researched.' New Statesman
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About the Author
Nicholas Ostler is the author of Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World. He is chairman of the Foundation for Endangered Languages (www.ogmios.org), a charity that supports the efforts of small communities worldwide to know and use their languages more. A scholar with a working knowledge of eighteen languages, Ostler holds an M.A. 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 England, in Roman Bath, on the hill where Ambrosius Aurelianus defeated the Saxons for a generation.