Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

By Daniel L. Everett
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307386120, 300pp.)

Publication Date: November 3, 2009

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A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the PirahA, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil. Daniel Everett arrived among the PirahA with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications. The PirahA have no counting system, no fixed terms for color, no concept of war, and no personal property. Everett was so impressed with their peaceful way of life that he eventually lost faith in the God he'd hoped to introduce to them, and instead devoted his life to the science of linguistics. Part passionate memoir, part scientific exploration, Everett's life-changing tale is riveting look into the nature of language, thought, and life itself.



About the Author
Daniel L. Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.


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