Polyglots & Hyperglots: People Who Speak Multiple Languages

If you've ever tried to learn another language, you know how much time, energy, and brain power is required. Imagine a person who can pick up languages very easily. Someone who can leap language barriers with a single bound. Who can learn without effort and remember indelibly. Such people aren't parrots. They're not computers. They're language superlearners.

Michael Erard, author of the new book Babel No More, searched for these people, and when he found them -- in history books and living among us -- he tried to make sense of their linguistic feats and their mental powers. His book answers the age-old question, What are the upper limits of the human ability to learn, remember, and use languages?
 

  • "Babel No More"
  • Tuesday, January 6, 7:30pm
  • Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Downtown Portland

For more information, visit Michael's website.

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