14 March 2012

articles related to Babel No More

The release of Michael Erard’s book Babel No More has resulted in several news articles about “hyperpolyglots,” people who enjoy learning many languages. Here are links to two of the articles:

The Cult of the Hyperpolyglot (BBC).

Are You a Hyperpolyglot? The Secrets of Language Superlearners (Time).

Some of you will recall surveys taken in the Conlang mailing list in years past revealing that many inventors of new languages are left-handed, gay and have beards. Mr Erard says hyperpolyglots are more likely to be introverted, gay or left-handed.

An audio recording of an interview with the author is available here.

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