Monday 8 December 2008: Daniel Everett/Peter Austin
On 8 December I talked with Daniel Everett, chair of the Languages, Literatures and Cultures department at Illinois State University, about his new book Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amaonian Jungle (Pantheon), which describes the 30 years he spent among the 300-strong Piraha people, who have one of the most unusual lifestyles and languages in the world.

I then planned to talk with Peter Austin, Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics and Director of the Endangered Languages Academic Program at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Professor Austin is editor of One Thousand Languages: Living, Endangered, and Lost, which was recently published by the University of California Press. There was a problem with the phone connection and I was unable to reach him, but talked about the book for some ten minutes instead.

I then played an interview I recorded yesterday with playwright Robin Wallace and director Sue LeGate about Robin's play Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play, which LeGacy Productions will present in two staged readings this Saturday and Sunday at the Unitatarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley as a benefit for Hospitality House. For more information call 530-913-2826 or visit

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