The Last Lingua Franca: The Rise and Fall of World Languages

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A revelatory and exhilarating tour de force, Nicholas Ostler's The Last Lingua Franca: The Rise and Fall of World Languages explores the rise of a linguistic diversity we could never before have imagined. In the twenty-first century, can we really take the dominance of English for granted? In their time, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian have each been world languages, sweeping the globe for centuries at a time. And yet they have all been displaced, just as Nicholas Ostler predicts English will be. What forces ...

The Last Lingua Franca: The Rise and Fall of World Languages 2011, Penguin Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781846142161

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