Number and recursion: the popular understanding of language

Impact: Cultural impacts, Societal impacts


As a writer of popular (linguistic) science, and as the subject of a documentary film on his life and work, Professor Dan Everett’s research on Amazonian languages like Pirahã has widely influenced popular understanding and debate about the relations between language, mind and culture. The spectacular, and sometimes controversial, conclusions of his fieldwork, theoretical and popular writings challenge the claim that all human beings are endowed with an innate language faculty and challenge the ways in which cultural values are constructed.

Category of impact

  • Cultural impacts
  • Societal impacts

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