Pirahã Culture and Grammar: A Response to Some Criticisms
Everett (Daniel)
Source: Language, Jun2009, Vol. 85 Issue 2, p405-442, 38p
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  1. This paper responds to criticisms of the proposals of Everett (2005) by Nevins, Pesetsky, and Rodrigues (2009).
  2. It argues that their criticisms are unfounded and that Pirahã grammar and culture are accurately described in Everett (2005).
  3. The paper also offers more detailed argumentation for the hypothesis that culture can exert an architectonic affect on grammar.
  4. It concludes that Pirahã falsifies the single prediction made by Hauser, Chomsky, and Fitch (2002) that recursion is the essential property of human language.

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Related to "Everett (Daniel) - Don't Sleep There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle".

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