Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Date Written: 27/06/2006
Year Published: 2006
Pages: 640pp ISBN: 978-0060935726
History of the world's great tongues, from the resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages.