Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Daniel Everett
NZD $29.99

Adventure, personal enlightenment and the makings of a scientific revolution proceed together in this vivid, funny and moving book.

Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirahas, they converted him. He shows the slow, meticulous steps by which he gradually mastered their language and his gradual realisation that its unusual nature closely reflected its speakers' startingly original perceptions of the world. He describes how he began to realise that his discoveries about the Piraha language opened up a new way of understanding how language works in our minds and in our lives, and that this way was utterly at odds with Noam Chomsky's universally accepted linguistic theories. The perils of passionate academic opposition were then swiftly conjoined to those of the Amazon in a debate whose outcome has yet to be won.

Adventure, personal enlightenment and the makings of a scientific revolution proceed together in this vivid, funny and moving book.

Author bio:

Daniel Everett was born in California. He lived for many years in the Amazon jungle and conducted research on over a dozen indigenous languages of Brazil. He has published on sound structure, grammar, meaning, culture and language. He has been the subject of endless controversy in academic circles and is currently Professor of Linguistics at Illinois State University.

Category: Linguistics
ISBN: 9781846680403
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: September 2009
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: linguistics