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Michael Erard
Author and Linguist, Portland, Maine

Michael Erard is an author, journalist and linguist. Formerly journalist in residence at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, he is the co-founder with Misty McLaughlin of the Work in Place project and his latest book is Babel No More (2012). He lives in Portland, Maine.

Written by Michael Erard

Essay/
Home
Creating some slack

A household is a miniature ecosystem with inputs, outputs and flows: thinking like this can make life a whole lot better

Misty McLaughlin & Michael Erard

Essay/
The ancient world
The deep roots of writing

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

Michael Erard

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Language and linguistics
Street talk

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

Michael Erard

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Cultures and 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