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Non-Recursive Human Languages?

Daniel raised the question last class about whether there is a non-recursive human language. Although I felt quite confident in class that such a thing could not exist, there have been some controversial claims about the existence of a non-recursive human language. The language in question is known as Pirahã, spoken by a remote tribe in the Brazillian Amazon. Dan Everett, now a professor of Linguistics at Illinois State University, studied the Pirahã language [More...]