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    DescriptionAlthough 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' startlingly 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.

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    Don't Sleep, There are Snakes
    Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Everett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 278 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846680403
    ISBN 10: 1846680409

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
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    8 page colour plate section
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    06 August 2009
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    Author Information
    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.
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    Destined to become a classic -- David Papineau The Independent Everett writes simply and persuasively about language ... a fascinating thesis ... his courage and conviction should give linguists pause for thought -- Andrew Anthony Guardian A remarkable book. It is written with an immediacy even a Piraha might envy, and its conjunction of physical and intellectual adventure is irresistible -- John Carey Sunday Times This is an astonishing book: a work of exploration, into the most distant place and language, but also a revelation of the way language is shaped by thought and circumstance. -- Ben Macintyre The Times Fascinating The Times "Going native" has seldom led to a book as challenging and appealing as this memoir -- Boyd Tonkin Independent Thorough, thought-provoking ... vivid details are combined with broader questions -- Anita Sethi Independent on Sunday Quite extraordinary Sunday Tribune