Erard, Michael ( - )

Genre: Non-Fiction

After graduating from Williams College, Michael Erard lived overseas teaching English, then finished his MA in linguistics and PhD in English, with concentrations in rhetoric and linguistics, from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a senior researcher and metaphor designer at the FrameWorks Institute, a research non-profit based in Washington, D.C. He writes mainly about language, languages, and the people who use and study them and about culture and technology. His essays, reviews, and reportage have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Science, Wired, Slate, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Reason, The Morning News, among other magazines and newspapers.

He is a contributing writer at The Morning News and Design Observer and have a blog at Psychology Today.

Selected Bibliography

  • Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean- (2007)
  • Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners (2012)winner, 2013 Maine Literary Awards Book Award for Nonfiction