Don't Sleep, There are Snakes (Paperback)

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Daniel Everett

'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' The Times

Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirahãs, 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 Pirahã 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.

Publication date: 06/08/2009

£10.99

ISBN: 9781846680403

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Travel & Nature

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes (Ebook)

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Daniel Everett

'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' The Times

Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirahãs, 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 Pirahã 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.

Publication date: 09/07/2010

£8.99

ISBN: 9781847651228

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B0037Z8SMC

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Travel & Nature

Reviews for Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

'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 Pirahã 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

Daniel Everett

Daniel Everett

Daniel Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Massachusetts. Previously, he was Chair of the department of languages, literatures and cultures at Illinois State University. He is the author of international bestseller Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes.

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