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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes - Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle-logo

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes - Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Daniel L. Everett

Daniel Everett, then a Christian missionary, arrived among the Pirahã in 1977—with his wife and three young children—intending to convert them. What he found was a language that defies all existing linguistic theories and reflects a way of life that evades contemporary understanding: The Pirahã have no counting system and no fixed terms for color. They have no concept of war or of personal property. They live entirely in the present. Everett became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications, and with the remarkable contentment with which they live—so much so that he eventually lost his faith in the God he'd hoped to introduce to them. Over three decades, Everett spent a total of seven years among the Pirahã, and his account of this lasting sojourn is an engrossing exploration of language that questions modern linguistic theory. It is also an anthropological investigation, an adventure story, and a riveting memoir of a life profoundly affected by exposure to a different culture. Written with extraordinary acuity, sensitivity, and openness, it is fascinating from first to last, rich with unparalleled insight into the nature of language, thought, and life itself.

Daniel Everett, then a Christian missionary, arrived among the Pirahã in 1977—with his wife and three young children—intending to convert them. What he found was a language that defies all existing linguistic theories and reflects a way of life that evades contemporary understanding: The Pirahã have no counting system and no fixed terms for color. They have no concept of war or of personal property. They live entirely in the present. Everett became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications, and with the remarkable contentment with which they live—so much so that he eventually lost his faith in the God he'd hoped to introduce to them. Over three decades, Everett spent a total of seven years among the Pirahã, and his account of this lasting sojourn is an engrossing exploration of language that questions modern linguistic theory. It is also an anthropological investigation, an adventure story, and a riveting memoir of a life profoundly affected by exposure to a different culture. Written with extraordinary acuity, sensitivity, and openness, it is fascinating from first to last, rich with unparalleled insight into the nature of language, thought, and life itself.
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Daniel Everett, then a Christian missionary, arrived among the Pirahã in 1977—with his wife and three young children—intending to convert them. What he found was a language that defies all existing linguistic theories and reflects a way of life that evades contemporary understanding: The Pirahã have no counting system and no fixed terms for color. They have no concept of war or of personal property. They live entirely in the present. Everett became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications, and with the remarkable contentment with which they live—so much so that he eventually lost his faith in the God he'd hoped to introduce to them. Over three decades, Everett spent a total of seven years among the Pirahã, and his account of this lasting sojourn is an engrossing exploration of language that questions modern linguistic theory. It is also an anthropological investigation, an adventure story, and a riveting memoir of a life profoundly affected by exposure to a different culture. Written with extraordinary acuity, sensitivity, and openness, it is fascinating from first to last, rich with unparalleled insight into the nature of language, thought, and life itself.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

46:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

32:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

36:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

48:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

37:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:42