Don't Sleep There Are Snakes [book, audiobook]

 Don't Sleep There Are Snakes [book, audiobook]

I GOT THIS AS AN AUDIOBOOK AND MY PLAN WAS TO LISTEN TO 'BOOK ABOUT A COUNTRY (BRAZIL) YOU ARE INTERESTED IN" WHILE ON A PLANE TO BRAZIL, BUT I STARTED LISTENING TO IT AND IT WAS MAKING ME SO ANNOYED I LISTENED TO IT ALL BEFORE I LEFT SO I COULD COMPLAIN ABOUT IT FASTER.

IT'S LIKE, A BOOK BY A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY WHO WENT TO CONVERT A TINY AMAZONIAN TRIBE WHO SPEAKS A LANGUAGE WITH 400 SPEAKERS. THEN BRAZIL KICKED OUT MISSIONARIES SO HE BECAME A LINGUIST TO SNEAK BACK IN, THEN HE ABANDONED RELIGION AND BECAME THE ONLY WESTERN SPEAKER OF THE LANGUAGE.  AND IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING HE SAYS SMELLS. LIKE IT DOES SOUND LIKE IT'S A PRETTY UNIQUE LANGUAGE BUT IT JUST HAS THIS LAYER WHERE EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF THIS LANGUAGE ONLY HE KNOWS HAS TO BE THE MOST SPECIALIST LANGUAGE ON EARTH, IT FEELS LIKE HE WENT TO ONE LINGUIST CLASS, LEARNED WHO THE MAJOR PEOPLE IN THE FIELD ARE AND THE MOST BASIC THEORIES THEN LIKE, DECIDED HIS LANGUAGE HE LEARNED BREAKS IT ALL AND IS THE OPPOSITE AND HE HAS HIS OWN THEORIES THAT ARE BETTER. AND LIKE, THERE IS STORIES OF LIKE A GRAD STUDENT FINDING EXAMPLES OF MYTHS HE SAID THE PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE BUT THEN BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY REAL SPEAKER HE 'RE-TRANSLATED' IT SO IT WAS JUST NOT THAT.  AND HE'S SO PROUD HE FOUND A LANGUAGE WITHOUT TIME OR COLOR OR NUMBERS AND HE HAS THIS DUMB STORY WHERE HE HAD A CLASS TO TEACH THEM TO COUNT AND IT WAS JUST SOOOO IMPOSSIBLE. AND IT JUST ALL FELT LIKE HE HAD A BUNCH OF STORIES TO 'PROVE' HIS DUMB THEORY. 

PS. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT LINGUISTICS OR THIS TRIBE OR ANYTHING, BUT I FEEL LIKE THE BEST STORY WAS HIM TELLING HOW HE GOT TO THE TRIBE ORIGINALLY, ON A LITTLE PLANE AND THE PLANE WAS MAKING HIM AIRSICK THEN HE SAID THE CAPTAIN GAVE HIM A TUNA AND ONION SANDWICH AND LIKE, NO HE DIDN'T. THERE IS NO TINY 2 SEAT 40 MINUTE FLIGHT ON EARTH THE PILOT IS CARRYING AND GIVING AWAY ONION AND TUNA SANDWICHES. IT FELT SO MUCH LIKE THE WHOLE STORY WAS THAT. HE PROBABLY DID GET AIRSICK, THAT IS REASONABLE. BUT THAT COULDN'T BE THE STORY, SO IT NEEDS THIS DUMB EXTRA ELEMENT THAT DOESN'T EVEN SOUND RIGHT. HE COULDN'T JUST BE AIRSICK, HE HAD TO BE GIVEN A TUNA SANDWICH IN THE AIR, BUT TUNA ISN'T SMELLY ENOUGH SO IT'S TUNA AND ONION. THE LANGUAGE DOESN'T JUST HAVE THE LEAST PHONEMES, IT ALSO NEVER EMBEDS PHRASES, BECAUSE A FAMOUS LANGUAGE GUY SAID REAL LANGUAGES ALLOW EMBEDDED PHRASES.

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