Daniel Everett, Ph.D. is a linguistics expert who has worked with over 24 languages in the Amazon. In this video he shows the technique of monolingual field work."Monolingual" means neither speaker has any language in common. Anyone can learn any language if enough time and practice is applied! In this demonstration, Dr. Everett does not even know which language his demonstration subject is speaking (and for English speakers, it's not an easy one):
Another talk by Dan Everett on his study of the Piraha in the Amazon (they use "hum speech" and whistling to communicate perfectly):
The Piraha tribe of the Amazon (not their name for themselves) is a true no-worries culture. They have resisted conversion to Christianity and have no language for the distant past or future.They laugh constantly, do not use mathematics or numbers, cannot read or write, make no tools ... the list goes on. Professor Daniel Everett of Bentley University (a former missionary) spent decades with them and lost his own Christian beliefs; his book Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes (the Piraha way of saying "goodnight") took the world by storm. Here's a talk by Dr. Everett:
His famous short YouTube summary of his experiences:
Professor James Tracy, formerly of Florida Atlantic University, sued the university last year for unfair termination of his tenure and employment. MemoryHoleBlog.com, Dr. Tracy's personal website and likely the underlying reason for Dr. Tracy's dismissal, is now extremely difficult to access, having been recently privatized (log-in only). The federal court has dismissed parts of Dr. Tracy's lawsuit, requiring him to file an amended complaint. Read more, along with the Second Amended Complaint (filed in late December 2016), detailing the history of FAU's actions against Tracy, here. Contribute to Dr. Tracy's legal defense here.