- n. One who masters or becomes fluent in many different languages
- From hyper- + polyglot. (Wiktionary)
“The hyperpolyglot also keeps a set of languages "on ice" -- ones that are not kept active or immediately available but which need to be "warmed up" for use.”
“NK: What's the difference between a multilingual and a hyperpolyglot?”
“NK: How fluent does one have to be in each language to be considered a hyperpolyglot?”
“NK: Is every healthy human born with the possibility of becoming a hyperpolyglot?”
“ME: I started my investigations with the definition that a hyperpolyglot is someone who speaks six or more languages, based on work by Dick Hudson, a University College London linguist, but that ought to be revised upward, to 11 languages or more.”
“Also, a hyperpolyglot doesn't have much of a role to play in the future of any given language, whereas a multilingual does.”
“Additionally, for the multilingual, learning another language is a way to participate in their community, but for a hyperpolyglot, it always brings them away from their community -- their local community, anyway.”
“The question is, do hyperpolyglot brains have some functional or structural difference that precedes intensive language learning?”
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