Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

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Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

  • Author: Daniel Everett
  • Publisher: Profile Books
  • ISBN: 1847651224
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 327
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Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirahs, 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' startlingly original perceptions of the world. Everett describes how he began to realise that his discoveries about the Pirah 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. Everett's views are most recently discussed in Tom Wolfe's bestselling The Kingdom of Speech. Adventure, personal enlightenment and the makings of a scientific revolution proceed together in this vivid, funny and moving book.

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

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Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

  • Author: Daniel Leonard Everett
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • ISBN: 0375425020
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 283
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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. 25,000 first printing.

Language

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Language

Language

The Cultural Tool

  • Author: Daniel Everett
  • Publisher: Profile Books
  • ISBN: 1847654150
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 320
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Like other tools, language was invented, can be reinvented or lost, and shows significant variation across cultures. It's as essential to survival as fire - and, like fire, is found in all human societies. Language presents the bold and controversial idea that language is not an innate component of the brain, as has been famously argued by Chomsky and Pinker. Rather, it's a cultural tool which varies much more across different societies than the innateness view suggests. Fusing adventure, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, and drawing on Everett's pioneering research with the Amazonian Pirahs, Language argues that language is embedded within - and is inseparable from - its specific culture. This book is like a fire that will generate much light. And much heat.

You're Not As Crazy As I Think

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You're Not As Crazy As I Think

You're Not As Crazy As I Think

Dialogue in a World of Loud Voices and Hardened Opinions

  • Author: Randal Rauser
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830857869
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 210
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What can evangelicals learn from liberal Christians, Darwinists, atheists and animal-rights activists? Randal Rauser sketches a path toward dialogue with the people we understand least.

Going Places

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Going Places

Going Places

A Reader's Guide to Travel Narratives

  • Author: Robert Burgin
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1598849727
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 572
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Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

How Language Began

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How Language Began

How Language Began

The Story of Humanity’s Greatest Invention

  • Author: Daniel Everett
  • Publisher: Profile Books
  • ISBN: 1782831282
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 330
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In his groundbreaking new book Daniel Everett seeks answers to questions that have perplexed thinkers from Plato to Chomsky: when and how did language begin? what is it? and what is it for? Daniel Everett confounds the conventional wisdom that language originated with Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago and that we have a 'language instinct'. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of fields, including linguistics, archaeology, biology, anthropology and neuroscience, he shows that our ancient ancestors, Homo erectus, had the biological and mental equipment for speech one and half million years ago, and that their cultural and technological achievements (including building ocean-going boats) make it overwhelmingly likely they spoke some kind of language. How Language Began sheds new light on language and culture and what it means to be human and, as always, Daniel Everett spices his account with incident and anecdote. His book is convincing, arresting and entertaining.

Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

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Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Daniel M. Haybron
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191654337
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 144
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Happiness is an everyday term in our lives, and most of us strive to be happy. But defining happiness can be difficult. In this Very Short Introduction, Dan Haybron considers the true nature of happiness. By examining what it is, assessing its importance in our lives, and how we can (and should) pursue it, he considers the current thinking on happiness, from psychology to philosophy. Illustrating the diverse routes to happiness, Haybron reflects on contemporary ideas about the pursuit of a good life and considers the influence of social context on our satisfaction and well-being. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Linguistic Fieldwork

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Linguistic Fieldwork

Linguistic Fieldwork

A Student Guide

  • Author: Jeanette Sakel,Daniel L. Everett
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107377021
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: N.A
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A handy beginner's guide, this textbook introduces the various stages of linguistic fieldwork, from the preparation of the work to the presentation of the results. Drawing on over forty years of fieldwork experience between them, in over two dozen languages, the authors pack the book with examples and anecdotes from their experiences and include practical exercises for students to test what they have learned. Independent of any particular perspective, the methods can be applied to a wide range of fieldwork settings, for projects with very different theoretical backgrounds and without the need to travel too far. The book covers 'traditional fieldwork' such as language description and documentation, as well as less typical methods, including language contact and quantitative studies with experiments or questionnaires.

Mastery

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Mastery

Mastery

  • Author: Robert Greene
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101601027
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 352
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From the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, a vital work revealing that the secret to mastery is already within you. Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book. The bestseller author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene has spent a lifetime studying the laws of power. Now, he shares the secret path to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters.

The Language Hoax

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The Language Hoax

The Language Hoax

  • Author: John H. McWhorter
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199361606
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 224
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Japanese has a term that covers both green and blue. Russian has separate terms for dark and light blue. Does this mean that Russians perceive these colors differently from Japanese people? Does language control and limit the way we think? This short, opinionated book addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the way we perceive the world. Linguist John McWhorter argues that while this idea is mesmerizing, it is plainly wrong. It is language that reflects culture and worldview, not the other way around. The fact that a language has only one word for eat, drink, and smoke doesn't mean its speakers don't process the difference between food and beverage, and those who use the same word for blue and green perceive those two colors just as vividly as others do. McWhorter shows not only how the idea of language as a lens fails but also why we want so badly to believe it: we're eager to celebrate diversity by acknowledging the intelligence of peoples who may not think like we do. Though well-intentioned, our belief in this idea poses an obstacle to a better understanding of human nature and even trivializes the people we seek to celebrate. The reality -- that all humans think alike -- provides another, better way for us to acknowledge the intelligence of all peoples.