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Pirahã Language Facts:

The Pirahã language is a language spoken by Pirahã people of Brazil. They live in Brazil, along the Maici river, a tributary of the Amazon.

The Pirahã language appears to have no embedding; that is, it is not possible to embed one sentence within another, or one noun phrase within another. The possible complexity of a sentence, although fairly large, is finite and constrained. For example, it is possible to indicate possession of an object that is mentioned, as in "John's son", but it is not possible to indicate two levels of possessivity, as in "John's son's daughter". Interestingly, the Pirahã culture has the simplest known kinship system of any human culture; they appear not to keep track of relationships any more distant than biological siblings. Inbreeding is common.

The language is also unique in having no exact numbers. There are apparently only three words that roughly describe quantity, somewhat akin to "a few," "some," and "many." There is no distinction between singular and plural and there is little distinction between individuated quantities and mass quantities, although this in and of itself is not so uncommon among languages. It is not thought to be possible to distinguish between, for example, one big fish and several small fish. However, it might well be the case that researchers simply have not yet learned how to make the distinction.

Counting does not appear to be something the Pirahã do. They use only approximate measures, and in tests were unable to precisely distinguish between a group of four objects and a similarly-arranged group of five objects. When asked to duplicate groups of objects, they duplicate the number correctly on average, but almost never get the number exactly in a single trial.

Being concerned that, because of this cultural gap, they were being cheated in trade, the Pirahã people asked a linguist that was studying them to teach them basic numeracy skills. It is said that after eight months of enthusiastic but fruitless daily study, the linguists concluded that they were incapable of learning the material, and discontinued the lessons. During this time supposedly not a single Pirahã had learned to count up to ten or to add 1 + 1. However, the use of candy as rewards calls into question whether the Pirahã were actually at the study sessions to learn to count.

There is also a disputed claim that Pirahã lacks any color terminology.

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