On Cultural Constraints on Pirahã Grammar
Bambini (Valentina), Gentili (Claudio) & Pietrini (Pietro)
Source: Current Anthropology, Vol. 47, No. 1 (February 2006), pp. 143-145
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Introduction to Everett’s Reply1

  1. The authors of this comment are courteously critical of my proposal that culture constrains grammar in Pirahã. Their objections are three.
    1. First, since Pirahã obviously shares features with other grammars, then, they reason, since universal grammar is the only source available for such similarities, Pirahã cannot be a problem for universal grammar.
    2. Second, Piraha˜ clearly shows recursion, so how can I claim that it doesn’t have it?
    3. Third, they find my proposal that culture constrains grammar in Pirahã “daring” (a nice euphemism) — in other words, they are far from convinced.

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Containts a Reply by Daniel Everett. See "Everett (Daniel) - On Cultural Constraints on Pirahã Grammar: A Reply".



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Footnote 1: See "Everett (Daniel) - On Cultural Constraints on Pirahã Grammar: A Reply".


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