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The Grammar Of Happiness follows the story of Daniel Everett among the extraordinary 'nonconvertible' Amazonian Pirah tribe, a group of indigenous hunter- gatherers whose culture and outlook on life has taken the world of linguistics by storm. As a young ambitious missionary three decades ago, Dan, a red-bearded towering American, decamped to the Amazon rain forest to save indigenous souls. His assignment was to translate the book of Mark into the tongue of the Pirah, a people whose puzzling speech seemed unrelated to any other on Earth. What he learned during his time with the Pirah led him to question the very foundations of his own deep beliefs. As a 'born again' atheist, Dan divorced his devout Christian wife and became estranged from his children. Having lost faith and family, his new life is dominated by the desire to leave behind his legacy. Everett's most controversial claim is that the Pirah language lacks 'recursion' - the ability to build an infinite number of sentences ... Written by
Wonderful documentary about the linguistic discoveries of Dennett. It also shows perfectly how miserable and vicious is Noam Chomsky, too often believed to be an anti- system pacifist whereas in reality denies the truth and sabotage other people's work to hide the fact that he was completely wrong. The images are incredibly beautiful and they show the environment in which this language came to exist, the life of the Piraha and how they interact with each other, and Daniel himself. It's a very calm and reasonable documentary, with more people adding their opinions, and even the opinion of Noam Chomsky himself, when he denies the evidence.
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