You drink. You drive. You go to jail. Where is recursion? ” (4.8MB .ppt file) This paper (final version in progress) was presented at the University of Massachusetts Conference on Recursion and will appear in the proceedings of that conference, edited by Profs. Margaret Speas and Thomas Roeper. In this paper I argue that recursion is not specific to language or grammar but is a generally useful cognitive tool. It is found in Pirahã discourse even though it is missing from its syntax.
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I was recently a guest on the Global Journalist, a radio and television station broadcast on KBIA, an NPR affiliate in Missouri. They did a program on the world's uncontacted tribes.
July 12-14, 2017 - Congress on Indigenous Education, Fulnió Reservation, Alagoas Brazil
September 26, 2017 – University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Blog: Dark Matter of the Mind
- Translation for an interesting Piraha textMarch 6, 2017 - 6:10 pm
Sept. 29 A MFX3 (younger guy) 0001C6.MP4 00:00:17 Ti baabihia saagoai ‘Am I getting ill?’ (joking comment made by Kaiowa to himself as he waits) 00:00:25 Dan to Kaiowa: Baihiigi ‘(taping) goes slowly’ Kaiowa to Dan: Xai baihiigi. Xaio. ‘Yeah. Slowly. That’s right.’