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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.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  305.8989 Ev26d 2008    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xviii, 283 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Summary A linguist offers a thought-provoking account of his experiences and discoveries while living with the Pirah~a, 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.
Contents Discovering the world of the Pirah~as -- 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 Tukaaga : murder and society -- Land to live free -- Caboclos : vignettes of Amazonian Brazilian life -- Changing channels with Pirah~a sounds -- Pirah~a 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.
Subject Piraha Indians -- Amazon River Region -- Social life and customs.
Piraha dialect -- Social aspects -- Amazon River Region.
Jungles -- Amazon River Region.
Amazon River Region -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9780375425028
Standard No. NZ1 12563342
AU@ 000042988809

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