[bey-buh-liz-uh m, bab-uh-]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
a confusion, as of ideas, speech, etc.
Two related languages are found on opposite sides of the globe.
Have you heard the story of the Tower of Babel? According to the Bible, all of humanity lived together in harmony, until God decided to confuse the languages and spread the people across the Earth. This story points to one of the great mysteries of human culture: why do we all speak different languages? Our ancestors probably began using language between 200,000 to 50,000 years …
Learning To Speak More Than 12 Languages
Have you ever dreamed of being able to speak dozens of languages? A new book, Babel No More by journalist Michael Erard, traces the history of people who can do just that: hyperpolyglots, people who speak 11 or more languages. Obviously, hyperpolyglotism is a trained skill. No one just wakes up speaking multiple languages, but there may be factors that make it easier. As Erard …
Origin of Babelism
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