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Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners
 
 
Author
Michael Erard.
Publisher Free Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9781451628258
Pages/Publication Date 306/2012
Daedalus Item Code 23927
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We all learn at least one language as children, but what does it take to learn six languages, or 20, or 70? Such feats of linguistic prowess provide a glimpse into what the human brain is capable of, and offer hope for the dream of living without language barriers on a shrinking planet. After traveling around the world to meet some of these superlinguists, and to study their historical predecessors, Michael Erard offers this ambitious examination of what language is, where it lives in the brain, and the cultural implications of polyglot pursuits—and illuminates the intellectual potential in everyone.

"Among the surprising qualities of Babel No More Michael Erard's globe-trekking adventure in search of the world's virtuosos of language learning, is that a book dealing with language acquisition and polyglot linguistics can be so gripping. But indeed it is—part travelogue, part science lesson, part intellectual investigation, it is an entertaining, informative survey of some of the most fascinating polyglots of our time."—NYTBR

 
 
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