Listen To This Teenage 'Hyperpolyglot' Speak 20 Different Languages

Timothy Doner began studying foreign languages intensely at the age of thirteen. Today, Doner, still a teenager, can speak more than twenty languages, making him one of the world's most famous polyglots – but equally impressive is his mature perspective on the subject of his linguistic fame. » 9/27/14 12:30pm 9/27/14 12:30pm

Why Do Alien Cultures Have Just One Language Each?

Here on Earth, we speak over 7,000 living languages. But in science fiction, alien species routinely turn out to have just one language, or a few major dialects at best. Over at Slate, they ask whether this is realistic — or whether we're just lumping alien languages together, based on shared characteristics. » 9/09/14 2:53pm 9/09/14 2:53pm