Monday, February 27, 2012
How do some people have the ability to master a multitude of languages? What makes them tick? Are their brains wired differently from ours?
These are just a few of the questions alumnus Michael Erard (M.A. Linguistics, ‘96; Ph.D. English, ‘00) tackles in “Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners” (Free Press, 2012).
While gathering research for his book, Erard traveled to far and distant lands – from Mexico to South India to California to Belgium – in…