Nicholas Ostler is a linguist, scholar and author. Ostler studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received degrees in Greek, Latin, philosophy, and economics. He later studied under Noam Chomsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. in linguistics and Sanskrit.
His bestselling books on linguistics include Empires of the Word; Ad Infinitum; The Last Lingua Franca; and Passwords to Paradise.
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