Hi, if you’re coming here from YouTube. Yes, I am writing a book about hyperpolyglots, which will be titled Babel No More and published in the spring of 2011 by Henry Holt & Co. in the US; it will be published in South Korea by Minumsa. The manuscript is shaping up nicely, if I can say so — I sent off another revision to my editor today.
There’s a website, www.babelnomore.com, which I set up for research purposes, mainly to explain and link to an online survey for people who speak six or more languages. I’ll be rolling out some other content for that blog in the meantime. The survey, which was up for a year, is now closed so that I can do some data analysis, but here’s one small result:
172 people replied; of that number, 66 reported having 6 languages, and 37 reported having 7 languages. The highest number someone reported is 537. One other respondent listed 40, and another 26.
Also, nearly 70% of the respondents were men.
One of the people I feature in the book is Alexander Arguelles, whom I videotaped describing his incredible daily routine; you might have seen that video somewhere.
If you have any questions about the book or the topic and you want to get in touch, there’s an email address at the bottom of www.umthebook.com.