The Last Lingua Franca English Until the Return of Babel

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-23
  • Publisher: Walker Books
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The author of "Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin" presents an erudite and provocative examination of the rise and coming fall of English as the world's language. Illustrations. Maps.

Author Biography

Nicholas Ostler is the author of Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin and 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 lives in Bath, England.

Table of Contents

Mapp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Prefacep. xv
Lingua-Franca Present
The Edges of Englishp. 3
How Various in the Future?p. 31
Lingua-Francas Past
The Pragmatism of Empirep. 65
When the Writ of Persian Ranp. 93
Traders' Languages and the Language for Tradep. 114
God's Own Languagep. 141
A Range of Outcomes
Regenerationsp. 173
Ruin and Relegationp. 182
Resignationp. 203
Who's in Charge Here?
Big Beastsp. 225
The Jungle Is Neutralp. 249
Under an English Sun, the Shadows Lengthenp. 267
Notesp. 287
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 313
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