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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 : EnglishView 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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Leonard Everett
ISBN: 9780375425028 0375425020
OCLC Number: 486085757
Notes: Discovering the world of the Pirahás. 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. Pirahá 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
Awards: Commended for Society of Midland Authors Award (Adult Nonfiction) 2009
Description: xviii, 283 s. : illustrations
Contents: Discovering the world of the Pirahás. 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 --
Pirahá 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

Abstract:

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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