Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375425028
Branch Call Number: 981.1 Ev26d
Characteristics: xviii, 283 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Jun 07, 2017

This book combines travelogue, ethnological study, linguistics treatise, personal narrative of faith and the loss thereof, and fascinating insights into the cognition and life-ways of some strikingly different humans. Worth the read.

ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

"In this "fascinating and candid account" (Publishers Weekly), field linguist Dan Everett relates his amazing adventures living with the Pirahã people, who reside deep in the rainforests of Brazil, and learning their unique language. Everett, who started off as a Christian missionary hoping to convert the native people, first met members of the small Pirahã tribe in 1977 when he began a path that would alter both his life (Would his marriage survive? Would his faith?) and modern linguistics (Everett's findings differ from what experts such as Noam Chomsky have theorised). If you love words, we bet that this powerfully written book will speak to you." August 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter

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