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One for linguistics enthusiasts: a truly fascinating interview today on Excess Baggage travel program with Daniel Everett, Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University, US. Everett travelled to the Brazilian Amazon to live with the Piraha people, and In this interview he shares his experiences of living with the Pirahas and what he learned about their language, previously un-translated. Interestingly, it turned out that Everett was the one who was converted to their way of life and communicating, rather than the other way round.

His book, published this month, will certainly be on my Christmas list :)

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