Don't Sleep There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Public Lecture by Daniel Everett

Di 6. März 2018, 18.30, Hörsaal C1, Campus Uni Wien, Hof 2

For more than 30 years Daniel Everett has lived and worked with the Pirahã, a tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil. In 1977 he arrived there with his wife and three young children, hoping to convert the people to Christianity. The Pirahã were then living as hunter gatherers, they had no personal property, no social hierarchy, no concept of war and no counting system. Everett very soon came to realize that their values and perspectives did not support the basic teachings of the Bible or the very idea of faith in something unseen. He became skeptical of his own beliefs, eventually turning atheist. Instead, Everett became fascinated by the Pirahã language and its cultural implications, devoting his life to the science of linguistics. Over the years he studied the languages and cultures of nearly 20 Amazonian societies.

 

Freier Eintritt, keine Anmeldung, Vortrag in Englisch.
Kontakt: khaled.hakami@univie.ac.at

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