Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

Michael Erard


A “fascinating” (The Economist) dive into the realm of linguistics that's “part travelogue, half technology lesson, half highbrow investigation…an enjoyable, informative survey of a few of the main interesting polyglots of our time” (The big apple instances ebook Review).

In Babel No More, Michael Erard, “a monolingual with benefits,” units out on a quest to satisfy language superlearners and make experience in their psychological powers. at the method he uncovers the secrets and techniques of historic figures just like the nineteenth-century Italian cardinal Joseph Mezzofanti, who was once stated to talk seventy-two languages, in addition to these of residing language-superlearners comparable to Alexander Arguelles, a modern day polyglot who is familiar with dozens of languages and indicates Erard the methods of the exchange to provide him a dismal glimpse into the lifetime of obsessive language acquisition.

With his formidable exam of what language is, the place it lives within the mind, and the cultural implications of polyglots’ goals, Erard explores the higher limits of our skill to benefit and use languages and illuminates the highbrow strength in each person. How do a little humans break out the curse of Babel—and what may possibly the gods have demanded of them in go back?

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