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The Last Lingua Franca
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Product SKU 9781846142161
Brand Penguin
Size (L x W x H) 20 cm x 20 cm x 13 cm
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The Last Lingua Franca: The Rise and Fall of World Languages - Softcover


Author:Nicholas Ostler 
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 352
Weight: 268g

 

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 drive these linguistic currents? What characteristics do lingua francas share? And most importantly, how do they lose their power?

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