إمبراطوريات الكلمة: تاريخ للغات في العالم #2020

إمبراطوريات الكلمة: تاريخ للغات في العالم Nicholas Ostler نيقولاس أوستلر محمد توفيق البجيرمي Nicholas Ostler s Empires of the Word is the first history of the world s great tongues gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living o

  • Title: إمبراطوريات الكلمة: تاريخ للغات في العالم
  • Author: Nicholas Ostler نيقولاس أوستلر محمد توفيق البجيرمي
  • ISBN: 97899
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • إمبراطوريات الكلمة: تاريخ للغات في العالم Nicholas Ostler نيقولاس أوستلر محمد توفيق البجيرمي Nicholas Ostler s Empires of the Word is the first history of the world s great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self regard of Greek and to the struggleNicholas Ostler s Empires of the Word is the first history of the world s great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once universal languages A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet s diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.
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    1. This is a learned book In books of such scope, one is always wary that the author cheats a little here, a little there, making small mistakes where his competence might fail and in a work covering the complete history of language spread of the whole human race, such instances are inevitable, even if the author possesses a working knowledge of 26 languages, as the back cover rather preposterously claims Phew.This said, I could not catch Dr Ostler by the hand in those instances where I generally c [...]

    2. This is an absolutely fascinating, dreadfully boring book.If you re at all interested in how dominant languages have spread and evolved, and how they impacted the linguistic development of all other languages in their regions, then stay away If you re REALLY interested in small details of this subject, then this might be a good book for you.Nick Ostler has this tendency, also, to latch on to small bits of evidence and make much of it He s usually clear that he s doing this he says, We don t real [...]

    3. History is a lot fascinating when viewed through the spread of various languages and cultures.The 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 cultures.After 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 Sumer [...]

    4. 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 why did Ancient Egyptian cease to be spoken Turns out that when the pharaoh was gone, the heart went out of old Egyptian religion and the language was adopted as a Christian language Who knew that it does survive, but in the liturgy of the Coptic Christian church in Egypt Of course in a book of this scope nothing less than world wide there is no way to discuss all t [...]

    5. 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 same family Akkadian Sumerian , Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic 3500 years with surprisingly gradual change Kurdish is a Persian language, part of [...]

    6. Our language places us in a cultural continuum, linking us to the past, and showing our meanings also to future fellow speakers Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word A Language History of the WorldAn excellent reading Specifically the section about native indian is very informative Provides a clear picture why a language becomes widely used.

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 interesting even when he s talking about stuff like the developmental similarities between Chinese and ancient Egyptian, or how people decided to use ancient languages like Akkadian an [...]

    9. 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 nations.I 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 qualities, w [...]

    10. An impressive and sweeping view of the history of languages throughout human history It tackles some of the big questions Why do some languages die out Why do some flourish, like Chinese or English As it turns out, it s a really complex issue The book starts with the earliest languages Sumerian, Akkadian, etc and moves all the way up through the colonial and modern eras, and speculates on the rise and fall of our languages in the future This is dense, but fascinating stuff.

    11. I have always been fascinated by history and by language, and a combination of the two ought to have riveted me, but in fact I spent several weeks attempting to slog through this thing and just couldn t do it Dry as dust.

    12. In 559 pages, Ostler condenses the history of human civilization, based on a study of languages It s a miraculous feat, and a powerful refresher on world history, written in a very engaging fashion so that there s never a dull moment He analyzes how languages spread, how they die, and what factors contribute to a language s longevity.The most interesting sections, to me, were the final two chapters, where he assesses the status of the current top 20 languages, and then suggests where we might be [...]

    13. This book has achieved the somewhat dubious accomplishment of being both very interesting and rather dry Language and word books, by nature, I think, are difficult to write in a really engaging manner, particularly ones with a scope as vast as this one One of the ways of making history books interesting is usually to make them personal, by telling of specific people and their specific experiences, and that s just not possible with a book like this, the same way it is with a book with a narrower [...]

    14. It sent a shiver down my spine to read snippets of poetry written in Sumeria thousands of years ago We people haven t changed much Carpe diem, gentle readers, carpe diem I know I will re read this book again and again I found it approachable and exhilarating and not in the least bit dry or politicised And it made me want to learn Sanskrit We think we are oh so clever and postmodern, but an epic poem that can be read as either of the two great Indian epics simultaneously Wow I had been disappoint [...]

    15. I was looking forward to this book but it is much too pedantic All you wanted to know about the rise and fall of great languages, but not told in a very interesting way Tends toward the academic.

    16. This is a history of languages which have left written works or records how and why they spread or went into decline, what causes languages to become dominant and so on A final section looks at factors which may affect the relative importance of different languages in coming decades The focus is not on linguistic evolution how vocabulary and grammar of languages have developed but on the relationship of languages to political, economic, cultural and societal history As far as I know this approac [...]

    17. Empires of the Word A Language History of the World , written by Nicholas Ostler, is an immensely learned book with an ambitious project to recount world history from the births and demises of languages From the cuneiforms engraved on the baked clay in 3000 BC to the gloablisation of English in the twenty first century, Ostler narrated this 5000 years of history from the perspective of languages an approach, in his terminology, called language dynamics.The narrative follows roughly the chronolog [...]

    18. Very thorough cover of the top spoken languages over the history of the world Starting with Sumerian and Akkadian, it moves forward through Chinese, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, the Romance Languages, all the way up to English The book recounts each languages career as it spread to the domains they covered Ostler writes of many intricate details for each language as well, and has a great writing style that keeps you interested Overall an excellent overview of the many top languages.

    19. This book delivers what was promised, despite the broad range of the topic Language history of the world Very interesting book Recommended.

    20. Ostler has created a history of all of humanity, in so much as such a thing can be achieved in a single volume, on a basis unlike any other I have encountered His Empires are those of the mind, and I would hazard that they reveal about us than the superficial customary treatments of kings and armies Language is the tie that binds us and forms our minds and societies, and by viewing the ebb and flow of its empires we glimpse the flow not merely of peoples and levers of power but of the very bed [...]

    21. This was always going to be a dry read, but my word was this too much effort The payoff was not big enough to justify the lifeless narrative.

    22. 3 stars Linguistics Linguistics 3.5 stars.Politically Subjective Asides semi pervasive 1.5 stars Theological Straying a few sentences 1 starA book mainly in the category of linguistics It begins well, with a fascinating mix of ancient languages and cultures, exactly the kind of multifarious amalgamation I like As Ostler proceeds to modern languages, political commentary starts to accompany the linguistics, and of a decidedly anti Western sort i.e in terms of selection the West had its share of [...]

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