The Language history of the world shows more of the true impacts of past movements and changes of peoples, beyond the heraldic claims of their largely self-appointed leaders. They reveal a subtle interweave of cultural relations with power politics and economic expediency.
There’s a short glimpse into the book I am currently reading, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World, and as you are no doubt wondering, yes it is absolutely fascinating. Thanks to language and the written word we have civilisation, cheap copies of the greatest and most defining texts that have been produced through the human experience and the combined weight of a shared history. Sadly we also got The Da Vinci Code but it’s a small price to pay.
Now here’s a great bit of music (with lyrics, thereby making it relevant to this post) and a brilliant video to boot. Also a new episode of Twin Peaks tonight and apologies for the obscure Vanilla Ice lyric title.