RFQ: Pirahã
While we're on the subject of the Pirahã, do any of y'all have any questions for Peter Gordon and / or Dan Everett? I'll be greeting them and escorting them and I get to eat lunch with them next month, so I figured I should make a list. I want to be careful not to ask them anything stupid, nor anything that I could easily find out by reading their research... Some ideas:
  • The Pirahã have no fiction--can they / do they lie?
  • Are they interested in fiction that outsiders tell them? Could you teach them to make up a story?
  • What is daily life like among them? Unlike the tribe that professor told me about, the Pirah&atidle; sound pretty jolly--do they tell jokes?