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Title: Cultural constraints on grammar in Piraha: A reply to Nevins, Pesetsky, and Rodrigues
Paper URL: http://ling.auf.net/lingBuzz
Author: Daniel L. Everett
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Homepage: http://daneverettbooks.com/
Institution: Bentley College
Linguistic Field: Linguistic Theories; Syntax
Subject Language: Pirahã
Abstract: In Everett (2005b) I argued that Pirahã culture constrains its grammar. This paper is a response to a recent critique of Everett (2005b) by Nevins et al. (2007, MS). I address the criticisms raised in Nevins et al. paper and I continue to argue that Pirahã presents problems for the notion of a Universal Grammar. I further argue that the methods traditionally used in the Generative Grammar tradition are flawed and do not meet the scientific standards accepted across different fields in science, thereby making it difficult to assess the validity of the claims made by Nevins et al.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
URL: http://ling.auf.net/lingBuzz


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