Michael Erard, one of LH's favorite journalists because he writes knowledgeably and sensibly about language (not coincidentally, he has an MA in linguistics), is working on Babel No More, "a book about language superlearners and the upper limits of the human ability to learn and speak languages." He's started a website to aid him in his research; it links to a survey for people who "can speak six or more languages.
When God put the kibosh on the Tower of Babel, 72 languages were said to have been created from the one that unified those hubristic humans. In his new book, Babel No More, linguist Michael Erard seeks out the people who have put th... Read Post
Michael Erard is still working on Babel No More (website, and see this LH post), and he wrote me to ask, "Do you have examples of the prescriptive linguistic genre (Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Elements of Style, etc.) in languages othe... Read Post