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Are You a Hyperpolyglot? The Secrets of Language Superlearners

3 years agoHealth : Healthland

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 those pieces back together: hyperpolyglots, i.e., the most fluent mamma-jammas on the [...]
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DONER THE HYPERPOLYGLOT.

Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (last year)

I've posted about Michael Erard's Babel No More, about hyperpolyglots, a couple of times (project, book); now R.L.G. of The Economist has a wonderful interview with a 17-year-old hyperpolyglot, Timothy Doner. The interviewer is know... Read Post

THE BOOKSHELF: BABEL NO MORE.

Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (3 years ago)

Back in 2009 I posted about Michael Erard's Babel No More project ("a book about language superlearners and the upper limits of the human ability to learn and speak languages"); now the book is out (well, it's not actually available... Read Post

BABEL NO MORE.

Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (6 years ago)

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... Read Post


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