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Dan Everett and the Pirahã

Posted in Random Stuff on April 18, 2007 by Brit Cruise

The April 16 edition of The New Yorker, has an excellent article by John Colapinto, “The Interpreter: Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?” Here’s how it starts:

One morning last July, in the rain forest of northwestern Brazil, Dan Everett, an American linguistics professor, and I stepped from the pontoon of a Cessna floatplane onto the beach bordering the Maici River, a narrow, sharply meandering tributary of the Amazon. On the bank above us were some thirty people— short, dark-skinned men, women, and children—some clutching bows and arrows, others with infants on their hips. The people, members of a hunter-gatherer tribe called the Pirahã, responded to the sight of Everett—a solidly built man of fifty-five with a red beard and the booming voice of a former evangelical minister—with a greeting that sounded like a profusion of exotic songbirds, a melodic chattering scarcely discernible, to the uninitiated, as human speech. Unrelated to any other extant tongue, and based on just eight consonants and three vowels, Pirahã has one of the simplest sound systems known. Yet it possesses such a complex array of tones, stresses, and syllable lengths that its speakers can dispense with their vowels and consonants altogether and sing, hum, or whistle conversations.

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Jungle Snaps

Posted in Random Stuff on April 12, 2007 by Brit Cruise


I received new photos from Elise in Peru of the 120 hectare jungle property in Puerto Maldonado I’m interesting in – Beautiful:



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Brit’s Bellochetta-Cotto

Posted in Random Stuff on April 2, 2007 by Brit Cruise

This is a creation I came up with last week to blend my love of bruschetta, Balsamic steamed Portobello mushrooms, Prosciutto and Pizza.

Step 1. Chop and mix Onion, Red Pepper, Ripe Tomatoes. Season to tab.jpgste.

Step 2. Heat up a frying pan to MAX heat, with butter and oil. Once hot, toss in mushrooms and Sauté–adding a dash or 3 of Balsamic vinegar.

Step 3.After 5 min or so add your bruschetta mix to the pan.

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Jazz Pin

Posted in Random Stuff on March 29, 2007 by Brit Cruise

header_logo_black.jpgSo this morning I finally gave into the JAZZ.FM fundraiser campaign. It really is one of the last independent (listener supported) media outlets that exists today on such a scale. I had this sudden premonition that becoming a JAZZ.FM member will somehow better my life.

I don’t know if it’s because of the free JAZZ lapel pin I’ll get, the announcement of my name on the air (it took them 3 times to get it right) or the placebo effect but… I feel like a new man already.

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