Michael Erard is author of the new book, Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners. He has graduate degrees in linguistics and rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s written about language, linguists, and linguistics for Science, Slate, Wired, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and New Scientist, among many other publications. Erard is a contributing writer for Design Observer and blogs for Psychology Today. He is also the author of Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. Erard speaks some Chinese and some Spanish but does not call himself trilingual. In the course of writing BABEL NO MORE, he had his own brain scanned, travelled to three continents and made a fool of himself – while thoroughly enjoying doing so – in Hindi, Italian, Spanish and other languages.
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