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Michael Erard
Journalist in Residence, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Michael Erard is an author, journalist and linguist. He is currently journalist in residence at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Written by Michael Erard

Essay/
Cultures & Languages
The deep roots of writing

Was writing invented for accounting and administration or did it evolve from religious movements, sorcery and dreams?

Michael Erard

Essay/
Cultures & Languages
Street talk

People who can switch between street dialects and standard language might have the same cognitive advantage as bilinguals

Michael Erard

Essay/
Cultures & Languages
See through words

The metaphor designer isn’t trying to make something beautiful. She wants to change your view on things. Here’s how

Michael Erard