I first learned about “Babel No More” by Michael Erard from an interview on The World in Words. The paperback version of the book has been published and I had the chance to attend a reading and signing event at the Stanford Bookstore.
There was a great group of people – all with an interest in languages. We had a great discussion about different aspects of language learning and hyperpolyglots. One concept that came up was the idea of “picking up” a language. The book covers research done in India, where people move to different parts of the country and end up with usable knowledge of the language. I’m looking forward to reading about that research because it is distinct from people who specifically decide to learn a new language.
I’m glad I now have the book and hope to read it soon!