By Daniel L. Everett

A riveting account of the incredible studies and discoveries made through linguist Daniel Everett whereas he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in relevant Brazil. Daniel Everett arrived one of the Pirahã along with his spouse and 3 children hoping to transform the tribe to Christianity. Everett fast turned captivated with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications. The Pirahã haven't any counting approach, no fastened phrases for colour, no suggestion of battle, and no own estate. Everett was once so inspired with their peaceable lifestyle that he ultimately misplaced religion within the God he'd was hoping to introduce to them, and as a substitute committed his existence to the technology of linguistics. half passionate memoir, half clinical exploration, Everett's life-changing story is riveting look at the character of language, proposal, and lifestyles itself.

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Establishing a link between names and gendered embodiment, Butler makes two basic points. The announcement of a “girl” after the birth of a female child initiates a compulsory enactment of certain gender dispositions. The name can also be the principal site of displaced gender identification (“crossing”) which however produces a fractured, unstable identity (Butler 1993:143, 156). Both of these points deserve further examination, the grounds for which are offered by material in this volume. Humphrey’s discussion of the constraints on speech visited upon Buryat women exemplifies Butler’s first point: speech as well as other bodily practices comprise the normative performance of certain 24 THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF NAMES AND NAMING gender dispositions.

29 The process of the gradual fusion and eventual loss of individuality and gender in ancestorhood is intertwined with the cumulative generative power with ENTANGLED IN HISTORIES 25 which people imbue particular places throughout their lives and especially after death. Paradoxically and in stark contrast to Hong Kong women who never attain full personhood by reason of losing their names (Watson 1986), gradual depersonalization is synonymous with the resumption of the status of a respected elder who becomes a channel to the ancestors.

Cindy Cummings (1984) from Sheboygan, Wisconsin tells of her “first and only son” who was miscarried at three months’ gestation. Writing six months later, on what had been his due date, Christmas Day, she presents her decision to name him as a Christmas gift to him. Sometimes women decide to name their baby after an even longer interval. Mary Lou Eddy (1986) of Schenectady, New York, reported in a SHARE newsletter that she had recently named her baby who had died ten years earlier, presumably by grace of a new law, which was announced elsewhere in that issue.

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