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  • Jan 09, 2012
  • 12:27 PM

The gift of tongues: What makes some people learn language after language?

The Economist
In “Babel No More”, Michael Erard has written the first serious book about the people who master vast numbers of languages—or claim to. A journalist with some linguistics training, Mr Erard is not a hyperpolyglot himself (he speaks some Spanish and Chinese), but he approaches his topic with both wonder and a healthy dash of scepticism.

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