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Michael Erard is a longtime LH favorite (I wrote about his book Um... in 2007 and Babel No More in 2011), and he's now trying to make a good idea happen, a general-interest magazine about language issues. I'm not quite sure why he decided...Show More Summary


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 knowledgeable...Show More Summary

Michael Erard Hosts Language-Spotting Contest

6 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. Show More Summary

A multilingual book trailer

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 book's theme of hyperpolyglottery, Erard rounded up speakers of different languages to create a multilingual reading of a [...]

How Many Languages Can One Person Learn?

Graeme Wood reviews Michael Erard's Babel No More: Hyperpolyglots argue that what they do is not fluent speaking but instead a sort of mechanical reproduction, a robotic trick rather than a human skill. Hale, an MIT professor who died in...

Are You a Hyperpolyglot? The Secrets of Language Superlearners

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 [...]

How many languages can one person speak?

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

Johnson returns

FINALLY back in the full swing of the New Year. With just a little time free today, I offer only a few quick pointers: - My review of Michael Erard's "Babel No More", about people who learn vast numbers of languages, appeared in last week's print edition. Show More Summary


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 until January), and since the publisher sent me a copy of the galleys, I'm able to report on it. Show More Summary


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 other...Show More Summary


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 theShow More Summary

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