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Babel no more : the search for the world's most extraordinary language learners

Author: Michael Erard
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Free Press hardcover edView all editions and formats
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Assesses historical "hyperpolyglot" linguistic high achievers who demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for learning and speaking languages, and explains the sources of such abilities and what it reveals about the nature of memory and language.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Erard
ISBN: 9781451628258 1451628250
OCLC Number: 694395290
Description: 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Question: into the cardinal's labyrinth --
pt. 2. Approach: tracking down hyperpolyglots --
pt. 3. Revelation: the brain whispers --
pt. 4. Elaboration: the brains of Babel --
pt. 5. Arrival: the hyperpolyglot of Flanders.
Responsibility: Michael Erard.
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Assesses historical "hyperpolyglot" linguistic high achievers who demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for learning and speaking languages, and explains the sources of such abilities and what it reveals about the nature of memory and language.

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