Fri 11 September 2009, The Independent

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes, By Daniel Everett

By Boyd Tonkin
In 1977, young missionary Daniel Everett travelled to the Amazonian jungle to convert the remote Piraha people. He had a few surprises in store. As an anthropological researcher, his long years with the tribe not only uncovered some extraordinary features of their life, culture – and, above all, of a language whose structure seemed to turn almost every tenet of post-Chomsky linguistic theory on its head.
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