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Michael Erard Hosts Language-Spotting Contest

2 years agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Journalist Michael Erard has just published Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners. Now he’s testing readers’ language-spotting abilities with a video contest. Erard assembled a group of friends who agreed to videotape themselves reading from his book. He collected these clips into the video embedded above–if you can list all the languages in the video, you could win a free book.
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THE BOOKSHELF: BABEL NO MORE.

Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (2 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

How many languages can one person speak?

Academics / General Science : CultureLab (2 years ago)

Michael Erard sets out on the trail of hyperpolyglots in Babel No More: The search for the world's most extraordinary language learners Read Post

A multilingual book trailer

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (2 years ago)

These days, newly published books often get promoted with video trailers, and there's one that just came out for Michael Erard's Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners. In keeping with the boo... Read Post


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