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Author Everett, Daniel Leonard
Title Don't sleep, there are snakes : life and language in the Amazonian jungle / Daniel L. Everett
Imprint New York : Pantheon Books, c2008

Colgate Rensselaer USMA

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Colgate CASE Main     1 copy ordered on 01-07-2009
Rensselaer Class of '96 Reading Room(2nd Flr)   305.898 EVE LOCAL USE ONLY

Edition 1st ed
Descript 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
Summary 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
Subject Pirahá Indians -- Amazon River Region -- Social life and customs
Pirahá dialect -- Social aspects -- Amazon River Region
Jungles -- Amazon River Region
Amazon River Region -- Social life and customs
ISBN/ISSN 9780375425028

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