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Don't sleep, there are snakes : life and language in the Amazonian jungle

Author: Daniel Leonard Everett
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A linguist offers a thought-provoking account of his experiences and discoveries while living with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians living in central Brazil and a people possessing a language that defies accepted linguistic theories and reflects a culture that has no counting system, concept of war, or personal property, and lives entirely in the present.
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Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Leonard Everett
ISBN: 9780375425028 0375425020
OCLC Number: 212855153
Description: xviii, 283 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Discovering the world of the Pirahãs --
The Amazon --
The cost of discipleship --
Sometimes you make mistakes --
Material culture and the absence of ritual --
Families and community --
Nature and the immediacy of experience --
A teenager named Túkaaga : murder and society --
Land to live free --
Caboclos : vignettes of Amazonian Brazilian life --
Changing channels with Pirahã sounds --
Pirahã words --
How much grammar do people need? --
Values and talking : the partnership between language and culture --
Recursion : language as a matrioshka doll --
Crooked heads and straight heads : perspectives on language and truth --
Converting the missionary.
Responsibility: Daniel L. Everett.
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A linguist offers a thought-provoking account of his experiences and discoveries while living with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians living in central Brazil and a people possessing a language that defies accepted linguistic theories and reflects a culture that has no counting system, concept of war, or personal property, and lives entirely in the present.

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