Daniel Everett has been an inspiration to me for a couple years now. His approach to linguistics is modern and, to me, uniquely experiential. His controversial findings about the Pirahã tribe in the Brazilian Amazon were so shocking that much of the global community of linguists still finds his work incredible. Nevertheless, his arguments about the cultural constraints of language have sparked a debate amongst linguists the world over on this key aspect of sociolinguistics: how do culture and language interact?
This video gives an introduction to who Daniel Everett is and how he came to find himself with the Pirahã and in such a tumultuous debate within the linguistics community.