Amazonian tribes speak with one footed demons and flame haired spirits. Daniel Everett examines why germs and atoms are as much a fantasy for the Piraha people as the jungle demons are for us.
Daniel Everett is an author and academic best known for his study of the Amazon’s Pirahã people and their language. Professor Everett is one of the world’s leading and most original linguists, having spent much of his life living with the Pirahã, arguing that their language disproves the argument for a ‘Universal Grammar’, instead suggesting that language is a cultural tool.
Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University, and is the author of Language: The Cultural Tool, and Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle.