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#14162 - 03/16/06 07:17 PM A people lost for words
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They've no myths, numbers or colours and few words for past or present - no wonder the Pirah? people defy our most cherished ideas about language

"HOW was your world created?" asks the young anthropologist in Portuguese. He awaits the translation into Pirah?. "The world is created," replies one of the assembled men in his own language. "Tell me how your god made all this?" the anthropologist presses on. "All things are made," comes the answer. The interview lurches on for a few more minutes, until suddenly, the question-and-answer session is overtaken by a deluge of excited banter as the assembled Pirah? vie to be heard.

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http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/mg18925431.500
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#14163 - 03/17/06 02:59 AM Re: A people lost for words
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While this is very interesting, you're required to sign up for this website to read the entire article. frown
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#14164 - 03/17/06 04:33 AM Re: A people lost for words
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I know. And I found that somewhat troubling. So go to google and enter the following search:

"Pirah?" and "Evans"
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