When you are a nerd polyglot, you like to learn languages, but not only that. You want to know more about the differences between languages, the effects of learning a new language, how regular people learn languages and the role of languages in the human history. Therefore, today I am presenting a list of ten books for curious polyglots.
One of my favorite books. In this book, Michael Erard investigates the lives of great polyglots, from the past and present, to discover the secret of a hiperpolyglot. What makes someone learn fluently six languages or more? There is a common denominator among these great learners? What science has to say on the subject? Book available in English, Russian, Arabic, Korean, French and Chinese.
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker
Language is a human instinct, is part of us. In this book, Steven Pinker shows us how the human language works, addressing various topics, such as the acquisition of language by children, how the brain understands it and how it evolves. The book received the William James Award of the American Association of Psychology and Public Interest Award of the Society American Linguistics. Continue reading