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Babel No More

Author: Erard, Michael

Publisher: Free Press


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Babel No More : <p>In <i>Babel No More</i>, Michael Erard, &#8220;a monolingual with benefits,&#8221; sets out on a quest to meet language superlearners and make sense of their mental powers. On the way he uncovers the secrets of historical figures like the nineteenth-century Italian cardinal Joseph Mezzofanti, who was said to speak seventy-two languages, as well as those of living language-superlearners such as Alexander Arguelles, a modern-day polyglot who knows dozens of languages and shows Erard the tricks of the trade to give him a dark glimpse into the life of obsessive language acquisition.</p> <p>With his ambitious examination of what language is, where it lives in the brain, and the cultural implications of polyglots&#8217; pursuits, Erard explores the upper limits of our ability to learn and use languages and illuminates the intellectual potential in everyone. How do some people escape the curse of Babel&#8212;and what might the gods have demanded of them in return?</p>

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Language Arts & Disciplines   Study & Teaching

ISBN 13:9781451628265
ISBN 10:1451628269
Size:8.41" l x 5.49" w x 0.88" h
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