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“Full of intellectually omnivorous insights and reminiscences about Everett’s years with the Pirahã . . . [Language] is that rare thing: a warm linguistics book.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The most important—and provocative—anthropological fieldwork ever undertaken.” —Tom Wolfe
“Revelatory. There is nothing about humans that is quite as astonishing as language.”—The Guardian
“A book whose importance is almost impossible to overstate. This is an intellectual cri de coeur and a profound celebration of human diversity. . . . Very rich but also very readable.”—The Sunday Times (London)
“[Language] is that rare thing: a warm linguistics book . . . A useful study of a burgeoning theory compatible with Darwinism, anthropology, psychology and philosophy—an interdisciplinary orientation the Chomskyans have largely spurned.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Language] deserves a serious reading.” —The Economist
“Readers’ eyes will . . . sparkle with new insight.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Everett’s stories of the Pirahã . . . bring to life the culture that fosters the language. The stories also anchor his linguistic proposals in anthropology. Most linguists might take this as an insult; Everett would accept it as a compliment.” —The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“[Everett lobs] a scientific grenade . . . into the spot where anthropology, linguistics and psychology meet: he asserts that the Piraha language exhibits traits that call into question aspects of linguistic theories that have been widely accepted for decades.” —Chicago Tribune
“Everett writes simply and persuasively about language. . . . His courage and conviction should give linguists pause for thought.” —The Observer (London)
Daniel L. Everett is dean of arts and sciences at Bentley University. He has held appointments in linguistics and/or anthropology at the University of Campinas, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Manchester, and Illinois State University.
I really enjoyed "Dont sleep there are snakes" by Daniel Everett. This book is less informative and entertaining. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dag Einar Sommervoll
Everett's book, recommended to me by a MacArthur winner whose brain I was luckily in a position to pick, has helped me sort out a question that has been on my mind ever since Noam... Read morePublished 4 months ago by H. W. Matalene
LtCT is a very fine entry in the popular literature on linguistics. The author takes aim at one of the pillars of modern linguistics: the theory of universal grammar. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Librum
I read this book after reading Daniel L. Everett book "Don't sleep there are sneaks" about his experience with the Pirañas on the Amaziona Jungle. Read morePublished 15 months ago by CamilaBrazil
Although this book has received a good deal of praise, it is valuable only from a highly limited, science-dominated point of view that removes or conceals the utter mystery that is... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Louis Berger
A brilliantly written exposition of one of the discipline's most ambitious projects - an anthropological linguistic account of an amazing language, which, according to the claims... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Johnn Dwyer