The Resource Speak : a short history of languages, Tore Janson

Speak : a short history of languages, Tore Janson

Label
Speak : a short history of languages
Title
Speak
Title remainder
a short history of languages
Statement of responsibility
Tore Janson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is a history of human speech from prehistory onwards. It charts the rise of some languages and the fall of others, explaining why some survive and others die. It shows how languages change their sounds and meanings, and how the history of languages is closely linked to the history of peoples. The author writes in an accessible fashion and makes no assumptions about previous knowledge. He explores the changing patterns of the world's languages, from ancient China to ancient Egypt, imperial Rome to imperial Britain, Sappho's Lesbos to contemporary Africa. He discovers the links between the histories of societies and their languages, shows how language evolved from primitive calls, and considers the question of whether one language can be more advanced than another. The author also describes the history of writing and looks at the impact of changing technology. He ends by assessing the prospects for English world domination and predicting the languages of the distant future
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Janson, Tore
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
P140
LC item number
.J36 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Historical linguistics
  • Linguistique historique
  • Historical linguistics
  • Talen
  • Sprache
Label
Speak : a short history of languages, Tore Janson
Link
https://archive.org/details/speakshorthistor00jans
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Languages before history -- The large language groups -- Writing and the Egyptians -- Greek and the Greeks -- Latin and the Romans -- Did Dante write in Italian? -- From Germanic to modern English -- The era of national languages -- Languages of Europe and of the world -- How languages are born--or made -- How languages disappear -- The heyday of English -- And then?
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9780199263417
Lccn
2002283631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48468367
  • (OCoLC)ocm48468367
Label
Speak : a short history of languages, Tore Janson
Link
https://archive.org/details/speakshorthistor00jans
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Languages before history -- The large language groups -- Writing and the Egyptians -- Greek and the Greeks -- Latin and the Romans -- Did Dante write in Italian? -- From Germanic to modern English -- The era of national languages -- Languages of Europe and of the world -- How languages are born--or made -- How languages disappear -- The heyday of English -- And then?
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9780199263417
Lccn
2002283631
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48468367
  • (OCoLC)ocm48468367

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