Faculty Profile: Daniel Everett

Dr. Daniel Everett

Dr. Daniel Everett

Dr. Daniel Everett is the new Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He was recently recruited to work on a research grant from the European Commission entitled, “Characterizing Human Languages by Structural Complexity.” The research is divided into three parts: language development in primates, language acquisition in children, and cultural reflections on languages. Dr. Everett’s key area of research is the cultural restrictions on languages, and he will be traveling to the Amazon jungle with several graduate students in January. He will soon publish a book about the seven years he spent among the Pirahã people there. He is one of only three outsiders to become fluent in the Pirahã  language, and he will be featured in an issue of New Yorker next month.  “I am happy to be here. I really like the Bloomington/Normal community,” said Dr. Everett.  “It’s quite different from Europe, but it’s good to be back in the U.S.”

Dr. Everett received his Ph.D. from the State University of Campinas, Brazil. He has worked as the Department Chair at the State University of Campinas, Brazil, and as the department chair at the University of Pittsburgh and taught at the University of Manchester, England. He has also sailed around the world twice with the Semester at Sea program, once as a staff member and once as an Academic Dean.

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