Daniel Everett

  • Professor, Sociology
  • Honorary Research Professor of Archaeology, University of Liverpool, England
  • Doutorado em Ciencias em Linguistica (Sc.D.) Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
  • Mestrado em Linguistica Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
  • Diploma in Foreign Missions Moody Bible Institute

Teaching Interests

Everett's teaching interests have historically been phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, linguistics field research, and anthropology. Currently teaches on the evolution of human behavior, cultures of business, Native Americans, and cross-cultural communication.

Research Interests

His research spans a wide range of topics such as anthropology, cognitive sciences, the nature of language, language evolution, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind.

Bio

Daniel L. (Dan) Everett holds a ScD and a Masters of Linguistics from the Universidade Estadual in Campinas (UNICAMP), both based upon years of field research among the Pirahã people of the Brazilian Amazon jungle. He taught as an instructor and later Assistant Professor at UNICAMP, 1981-1986, until leaving Brazil to return to the USA. He next was appointed full professor of linguistics and anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also chaired the Department of Linguistics until 1999. At that time, Dan moved to the Amazon to live the majority of the next three years in the jungle among the Pirahãs. He left the jungle when the University of Manchester, England, offered him the position of Professor of Phonetics and Phonology. Following several years in England, Dr. Everett spent the 2005-2006 academic year as a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He went on to chair the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University from 2006 - 2010. From 2010-2018 he served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University. He is currently Trustee Professor of Cognitive Sciences at Bentley. Everett has lived in the Amazonian jungle for nearly eight out of the last thirty years, studying more than a dozen little or never previously studied Amazonian languages. He has published more than 100 scientific articles as sole author and eleven books. In 2008 his book, Don't Sleep There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle, was published in eight languages, becoming a best-seller in English, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, and German. That book was selected by National Public Radio in the US as one of the best books of 2009. It was also selected by Blackwells booksellers in the UK as one of the best books in the UK for 2009. Everett's book, Language: The Cultural Tool, was published in 2012. It has been reviewed in various publications, published in four languages, and was a NY Times Editor's Choice. Dan has appeared numerous times on the BBC and NPR, and has been profiled in newspapers around the world. A documentary about his life and work, The Grammar of Happiness, was released in 2012. Everett's recent books are Dark Matter of the Mind: The Culturally Articulated Unconscious, with University of Chicago Press and How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention, with Liveright Books. Everett's books are published in many languages.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Laboratory Phonology 2013 - Present
  • International Organization for Cross-Cultural Psychology 2013 - Present
  • Linguistic Society of America 2005 - 2006
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2014, Lonner Lecture, International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology
  • 2014, Founding co-Editor in Chief of Open Linguistics, De Gruyter Open
  • 2013, 20th Anniversary Issue dedicated to Everett's book, Language: The Cultural Tool., Journal Pragmatics and Cognition
  • 2013, Best World Science Documentary Award and the Student Jury Award (for Grammar of Happiness, documentary about Everett's life and work), § Academia Film Olomouc International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Czech Republic.
  • 2013, Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes selected as required reading for all freshmen; same book was subject of Annual Belmont Conference., Belmont University, Nashville, TN
  • 2013, Gold Panda Award for Best Long Documentary (for Grammar of Happiness, film about Everett's life and work)., Sichuan TV Festival (China)
  • 2013, Grand Prix, Tree of Knowledge Award (for Grammar of Happiness), The World of Knowledge Science Film Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 2013, One of Four Inaugural Winners, Annual Meeting Opening Film, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2013, Holtville High School Hall of Fame, Holtville High School, Holtville, CA
  • 2012, ACS Gold and the 2012 Judges Award for Best Cinematography (for Grammar of Happiness), Australian Cinematographers Society Awards
  • 2012, Best Human and Social Science film 2012 (for Grammar of Happiness, documentary about Everett's life and work)., Jackson Hole Science Media Awards
  • 2012, Grand River Forum (three-day conference dedicated to Everett's book, Don't Sleep, There are Snakes. All incoming freshmen required to read Don't Sleep), Wilfrid Laurier College, Toronto
  • 2012, Top 15 Scientific Insights 2011, Forbes Magazine
  • 2012, Young European Jury Prize 2012 (for Grammar of Happiness)., FIPA International Festival of Audio Visual Programs, FRANCE.
  • 2012, Tel Aviv University Conference (on Everett's book, Language: The Cultural Tool)., Cohn Institute and the Department of Philosophy
  • 2010, Top 100 Science Stories, 2009, Discover Magazine
  • 2009, Best Books of 2009, for Everett's Don't Sleep, There are Snakes, National Public Radio (US)
  • 2009, Finalist, Best Book 2009 (for Everett's Don't Sleep, There are Snakes), Society of Midland Authors
  • 2009, Inaugural University Professor, Illinois State University
  • 2005, Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 2001, Research Professorship, University of Manchester, UK
  • 1992, Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science
  • 1984, Visiting Scholar, Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1975, Delta Epsilon Chi, Delta Epsilon Chi, National Honor Society for Christian Colleges
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Everett, D. L. (2021). Semiotics and the Origin of Language in the Lower Paleolithic. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 28, pages 535–579 44. (Link)
  • , ., Everett, D. (2020). Semiotics and the Origin of Language in the Lower Paleolithic. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 45.
  • Everett, D. (2020). O Papel da Cultura na Língua e na Cognição. Brazilian Linguistics Association. 29.
  • Everett, D. (2019). Review of Recursion Across Domains. Language, The Journal of the Linguistic Society of America. Volume 95, Number 4 777-790. (Link)
  • Everett, D. L., , E., , . (2019). Review of Recursion Across Domains. Language: The Journal of the Linguistic Society of America, (Volume 95) 4 777-790. (Link)
  • Everett, D. L. (2018). The Role of Culture in Language and Cognition. Wiley. Volume 12, issue 11 34. (Link)
  • Futrell, R., Stearns, L., Piantadosi, S. T., Gibson, E. (2016). A Corpus Investigation of Syntactic Embedding in Piraha. PLOS One.
  • Everett, D. (2016). An Evaluation of Universal Grammar and the Phonological Mind. Frontiers In Psychology.
  • Everett, D. (2015). Geo-Identity. Travel Plus Magazine.
  • Everett, D. (2015). On resilience, homesigns and nativism: a response to Goldin-Meadow. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 30 919-921.
  • Everett, D. (2014). "One World, many visions'. Review of "Upriver: The Turbulent Life and Times of an Amazonian people" by Michael F. Brown. New Scientist Magazine.
  • Everett, D. (2014). Cultural Differences in Perceptual Reorganization in US and Piraha Adults. PLOS One.
  • Everett, D. (2013). A Noble Scientist - Review of 'Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes - The Yanamamo and the Anthropologists. New Scientist Magazine.
  • Everett, D. (2013). The State of Whose Art? Reply to Nick Enfield's review of Language: The Cultural Tool. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
  • Everett, D. (2012). What does Piraha Have to Teach Us About Human Language and the Mind?. WIREs Cognitive Science.
  • Everett, D. (2012). The story of language: culture not nature. New Scientist. 32-35.
  • Everett, D. (2011). Furchtet euch nicht!. Kultur Austausch, (11) 111 64-65.
  • Everett, D. (2009). Pirahã Culture and Grammar: A Response to Some Criticisms. Language, (Volume 85) Number 2 405-442.
  • Frank, M., Everett, D., Fedorenko, E., Gibson, E. (2008). Number as a cognitive technology: Evidence from Pirahã language and cognition. Cognition, (108) 3 819-824.
  • Everett, D. (2007). Challenging Chomskyan Linguistics: The Case of Piraha. Human Development, (50) 6 297-299.
  • Everett, D. (2006). Responding to Bambini, Valentina, Claudio Gentili, and Pietro Pietrini 'Discussion On Cultural Constraints on Pirahã Grammar'. Current Anthropology, (47) 1 143-145.
  • Everett, D. (2005). Cultural Constraints on Grammar and Cognition in Pirahã. Current Anthropology, (46) 4 621-646.
  • Everett, D. (2005). Biology and Language: a Consideration of Alternatives. Journal of Linguistics, (41) 157-175.
  • Everett, D. (2005). Periphrastic Pronouns in Wari. , (71) 3 303-326.
  • Everett, D. (2003). Iambic Feet in Paumari and the Theory of Foot Structure. Linguistic Discovery, (2) 1 22-44.
  • Everett, D. (2002). Recollections of Kenneth L. Hale. Linguistic Typology, (6) 2
  • Everett, D. (2001). Review of Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. & Randy J. LaPolla's "Syntax: Structure, Meaning and Function", 1997. Journal of Linguistics.
  • Everett, D. (2001). Do Phonological Representations Specify Variables? Evidence from the Obligatory Contour Princip.e. Cognitive Psychology. 42 1-60.
  • Everett, D. (1999). A Formacao de Palavras na Sintaxe em Wari'. Margarida Basilio.
  • Everett, D., Ladefoged, P., Ladefoged, J. (1997). Phonetic Structures of Banawa, an Endangered Language. Phonetica. 54 94-111.
  • Everett, D., Ladefoged, P. (1996). The Status of Phonetic Rarities. Language, (72) 3
  • Everett, D. (1994). The Sentential Divide in Language and Cognition: Pragmatics of Word Order Flexibility and Related Issues. The Journal of Pragmatics and Cognition, (2) 1 131-166.
  • Everett, D. (1994). Restricoes de Bloqueamento e a Teoria da Otimalidade. The Journal of the Brazilian Linguistics Society, (10) 2
  • Everett, D., Buller, B., Buller, E. (1993). Stress Placement, Syllable Structure and Minimality in Banawa. The International Journal of American Linguistics, (59) 3 280-293.
  • Everett, D. (1993). Sapir, Reichenbach, and the Syntax of Tense in Piraha. The Journal of Pragmatics and Cognition, (1) 1 89-124.
  • Everett, D. (1992). Formal Linguistics and Field Work. Cadernos do Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem.
  • Everett, D. (1991). 'Mental representations: The interface between language and reality' edited by Ruth M. Kempson. Language. 67
  • Everett, D. (1989). Anaphoric Indices and Inalienable Possession in Brazilian Portuguese. Linguistic Inquiry, (20) 3 491-497.
  • Everett, D. (1989). Clitic Doubling, Reflexives, and Word Order Alternations in Yagua. Language, (65) 2 339-372.
  • Everett, D. (1988). On Metrical Constituent Structure in Piraha Phonology. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 5 207-246.
  • Everett, D. (1987). Piraha Clitic Doubling. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 5 245-276.
  • Everett, D., Seki, L. (1986). Deletion, Reduplication and CV Skeleta in Kamaiura. Notes on Linguistics. 33 48-52.
  • Everett, D., Seki, L. (1985). Reduplication and CV Skeleta in Kamairua. Linguistic Inquiry. 16 326-330.
  • Everett, D., Everett, K. (1984). On the relevance of Syllable Onsets to Stress Placement. Linguistic Inquiry. 15 705-711.
  • Everett, D. (1983). A Gramatica dos Genes. Ciencia Ilustrada.
  • Everett, D. (1982). Phonetic Rarities in Piraha. Journal of the International Phonetics Association. 94-96.
  • Everett, D. (1982). Some Remarks on Minimal Pairs. Notes on Linguistics, (22) 24-30.

    Books


  • Everett, D. L. (2022). Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes (Chinese). Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. L. (2022). Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes (Ukrainian). 400. Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. L. (2022). How Language Began (Chinese translation). Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. L. (2022). Language: The Cultural Tool. 400. Riga, Latvia: University of Riga Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). Don't Sleep There Are Snakes (Italian Translation). 400. Italy: Fabbrica dei Segni
  • Everett, D. (2016). Dark Matter of the Mind: The Culturally Articulated Unconscious. roughly 350. Chicago, IL: For release in 2016 by University of Chicago Press
  • Everett, D. (2016). How Language Began. For release in 2016 by Liveright Publishers
  • Everett, D. (2013). Shaping the Future of Business Education: Relevance, Rigor, and Life-Preparation. 296pp. Palgrave-Macmillan (Link)
  • Everett, D. (2012). Language: The Cultural Tool. 352. New York: Pantheon (Link)
  • Everett, D. (2011). Linguistic fieldwork: A Student Guide. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (Link)
  • Everett, D. (2008). Don't sleep, there are snakes: Life and language in the Amazonian Jungle. 352. New York: Pantheon (Link)
  • Everett, D. (1997). Wari':The Pacaas-Novos Language of Western Brazil. 536. Routledge (Link)
  • Everett, D. (1997). Why There are No Clitics. 190. Arlington, TX: SIL-University of Texas, Arlington (Link)
  • Everett, D. (1997). Journal of Amazonian Languages, 1:1 and 1:2. University of Pittsburgh
  • Everett, D. (1990). A Lingua Pirahã e a Teoria da Sintaxe. 410. UNICAMP (Link)
  • Everett, D. (1986). Baako-Kasi. Translation of the Gospel of Mark in Piraha. Edicoes Vida Nova, Brazil
  • Everett, D. (1985). O Desenvolvimento de Teoria Chomskyana: Uma Discussao Epistemologica. RLEE, Lima, Peru
  • Everett, D. L. (). Peircean Linguistics: A Chapter in the History of Empiricist Thought. app 400. New York, New York: Oxford University Press Forthcoming.

  • Book Chapters


  • Everett, D. L. (2022). C.S. Peirce e a Gramatica Universal In Dr. Danilo Costa, (Eds.) Linguagem, Sentido e Acao na Obra de Daniel L. Everett. 45. Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco, Brazil Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. L. (2022). Peirce's Journey to the End of Inquiry:The Tenure of the Soul In Cornelius De Waal, (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on C.S. Peirce. 50. Oxford: Oxford University Press Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. L. (2022). Towards a Peircean Linguistics In Cornelius De Wall, (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on C.S. Peirce.. 30. Oxford: Oxford University Press Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. L. (2022). Underspecified Temporal Semiosis in Pirahã In Kasia M. Jaszczolt, (Eds.) Understanding Human Time. Oxford: Oxford University Press Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. (2014). Instinct and Innate In John Brockman, (Eds.) This Idea Must Die: Scientific theories that are blocking progress.
  • Everett, D. (2014). The Demise of the Scholar In John Brockman, (Eds.) What should we be worried about: real scenarios that keep scientists up at night.
  • Everett, D. (2013). Recursion and Human Thought: Why the Piraha Don't Have Numbers In John Brockman, (Eds.) Thinking: the New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction. 269-291. HarperCollins
  • Everett, D. (2013). The Role of Culture in the Emergence of Language In Brian MacWhinney and William O'Grady, (Eds.) The Handbook of Language Emergence. 25pp. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell Forthcoming.
  • Everett, D. (2012). Concentric Circles of Attachment in Pirahã: A Brief Survey In Heidi Keller, Hiltrud Otto, (Eds.) Different Faces of Attachment: Cultural Variations of a Universal Human Need. 25pp. Cambridge University Press (Link)
  • Everett, D. (2009). Interview with Dan Everett In Geoffrey Sampson, David Gil, Peter Trudgill, (Eds.) Language Complexity as an Evolving Variable. Oxford University Press
  • Everett, D. (2009). Wari' Intentional State Construction Predicates In Robert Van Valin, (Eds.) Investigations of the Syntax-Semantics-Pragmatics Interface. John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Everett, D. (2004). Coherent Fieldwork In Piet van Sterkenberg, (Eds.) Linguistics Today. 141-162. John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Everett, D. (2001). Monolingual Field Research In Paul Newman and Martha Ratliff, (Eds.) Fieldlinguistics. 166-188. Cambridge University Press
  • Everett, D. (2000). Why There are no Clitics: On the Storage, Insertion, and Form of-features In Peter Coopmans, Martin Everaert, Jane Grimshaw, (Eds.) Lexical Specification and Insertion. 91-114. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Everett, D. (1998). Wari' Morphology In , (Eds.) Handbook of Morphology. Basil Blackwell
  • Everett, D. (1995). Sistemas Prosodicos da Familia Arawa In Leo Wetzels, (Eds.) Estudos Fonologicos de Linguas Indigenas Brasileiras. Rio de Janeiro: Editora da Universidade Federal
  • Everett, D. (1986). Piraha In Desmond Derbyshire, Geoffrey Pullum, (Eds.) Handbook of Amazonian Languages. 200-326. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter
  • Everett, D. (1985). Dialogue and the Selection of Data for a Grammar In Marcelo Dascal, (Eds.) Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Approach. 251-267. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company

  • Book Reviews


  • Everett, D. (2013). The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman [Review of the book The shaman's-eye view: A Yanomami verdict on us ]. New Scientist Magazine.
  • Everett, D. (2009). [Review of the book "In the Land of Invented Languages" by Arika Okrent ]. San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Everett, D. (2007). [Review of the book "The Navajo Sound System" by Joyce McDonough ]. Language.
  • Everett, D. (2001). [Review of the book "The Amazonian Languages" by R.M.W Dixon & Alexandra K. Aikhenvald ]. Linguistic Typology, (6) 1
  • Everett, D. (1998). [Review of the book "Logical Form: From GB to Minimalism" by Norbert Hornstein ]. Language, (74) 1
  • Everett, D. (1996). [Review of the book "Phonological Analysis: A Functional Approach" by David Payne and Donald Burquest ]. Phonology, (13) 2
  • Everett, D. (1991). [Review of the book "Amazonian Linguistics: Studies in Lowland South American Languages" by Doris Payne ]. Language. 67

  • Conference Papers


  • Everett, D. L. (2021). Materia escura da mente - o inconsciente articulado culturalmenteSociety of Psychoanalysis, Brasilia, Brazil.

  • Other(s)


  • Everett, D. (2019). The American AristotleAeon Magazine. (Link)
  • Everett, D. (2018). Learning another language should be compulsory in every schoolAEON Magazine. (Link)
  • Everett, D. (2018). Learning Another Language Should be Compulsory in Every SchoolAeon Magazine. (Link)
  • Everett, D. (2011). Arts and Sciences and the New Educational FusionCEEMAN News. 60 26.
  • Everett, D. (2011). The Broccoli of Higher Ed.Inside Higher Ed..
  • Everett, D. (2011). A Dean Brings Humanities to Business EducationThe Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Presentations

  • Everett, D. (2021). “In Search of Strange Things” Presented at the ABRALIN - Brazilian Linguistics Society ABRALIN Internet Course Internet/Brazil
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Culture, the Mind, and Origin of Language” Presented at the Sociedade de Psicoanalise de Porto Alegre Sociedade de Psicoanalise de Porto Alegre Brazil
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Dark Matter of the Mind and Music” Presented at the University of Geneva, Switzerland Percevoir – saisir – comprendre : Music and tacit knowledge Geneva, Switzerland
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Language and the Brain” Presented at the Associacao Brasileira de Neurologia ( Associacao Brasileira de Neurologia Annual Meeting Brasilia, Brazil
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Dialogue and the Selection of Data for a Grammar,"” Presented at the University of Bologna Summer School on Linguistic Research, Catching Language Italy
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Language, Knowledge, and Global Paradoxes” Presented at the Summer School at Friedrich-Schiller University Summer School at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Temporal Semantics in Piraha” Presented at the Cambridge University, England Understanding Human Time Cambridge University, England
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “A Materia Escura da Mente” Presented at the Society of Psychoanalysts Porto Alegre Opening Year Lecture Society of Psychoanalysts Porto Alegre Brazil/Internet
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “A evolucao da linguagem” Presented at the Catholic University of Pernambuco, Brazil Language, Meaning, and Action in the Work of Daniel L. Everett Brazil
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Amazonian Research” Presented at the Harvard University Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society Meeting Cambridge, MA
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “A evolucao da linguagem e o cerebro” Presented at the Grupo de Pesquisa Conectivos e Conexão de Orações Grupo de Pesquisa Conectivos e Conexão de Orações Brasilia, Brazil
  • Everett, D. L. (2021). “Dark Matter of the Mind and the Origins of Human Culture” Presented at the Global Now Fest 2021 Global Now Fest Bangalore India
  • Everett, D. (2020). “The future of language” Presented at the Google, O'Reilly Media, Nature (Journal), Digital Science SciFoo Camp Googleplex, Mountain View California
  • Everett, D. L. (2020). “In Search of Strange Things” Presented at the Winchester College Winchester College England, Invited Lecture Series Zoom
  • Everett, D. (2019). “Homo erectus Invented Language” Presented at the Department of Biology, NYU Biology Colloquium - New York University Department of Biology New York City
  • Everett, D. (2019). “How Language Began” Presented at the International Linguistics Festival, German government International Linguistics Festival, Berlin Berlin, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2019). “How Language Began” Presented at the Polish Government Poznan Linguistics Conference Poznan, Poland
  • Everett, D. (2019). “Latin American Indigenous Cultures in Western Science and Society” Presented at the Ohio State University Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures Columbus, OH
  • Everett, D. (2019). “O Papel da Cultura na Linguagem e na Cognicão” Presented at the ABRALIN - Brazilian Linguistics Society 50th Anniversary, Brazilian Linguistics Society - ABRALIN Maceio, Brazil
  • Everett, D. (2019). “How Language Began” Presented at the Copernicus Society, Poland Copernicus Festival Krakow, Poland
  • Everett, D. (2015). “Nonrecursive, nonendocentric, and nonbinary structures in Amazonian Languages: counterexamples vs. exceptions” Presented at theUNC Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
  • Everett, D. (2015). “Mind, Matter and the Self” Presented at the The Institute of Art and Ideas HowtheLightGetsIn Festival Hay-on-Wye, UK
  • Everett, D. (2015). “Demons Among Us” Presented at the The Institute of Art and Ideas HowtheLightGetsIn Festival Hay-on-Wye, UK
  • Everett, D. (2015). “Nonrecursive, nonendocentric, and nonbinary structures in Amazonian Languages: counterexamples vs. exceptions” Presented at theBangor University North Wales
  • Everett, D. (2015). “Dark Matter of the Mind” Presented at the University of Colorado, Boulder The Institute of Cognitive Science Colloquium Boulder, CO
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Tacit Knowledge- How can we know that which we do not know” Presented at theMartin Buber Society Conference Jerusalem
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Noble Ancestors and Modern Selves” Presented at the The Institute of Art and Ideas HowtheLightGetsIn Festival Hay-on-Wye, UK
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Dark Matter of the Mind” Presented at the Institute of Art and Ideas HowtheLightGetsIn Festival Hay-on-Wye, UK
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Ultimate Proof” Presented at the The Institute of Art and Ideas HowtheLightGetsIn Festival Hay-on-Wye, UK
  • Everett, D. (2014). “On the role of culture in the Emergence of Language” Presented at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology's Annual Meeting Walter Lonner Distinguished Lecture Reims, France
  • Everett, D. (2014). “The Role of Culture in the Emergence of Language” Presented at the Universidade Estadual de Maringa 3rd Coloquio Internacional de Estudos Linguisticos e Literarios Brazil
  • Everett, D. (2014). “A cultura na analise linguistica” Presented at the Seminario de Linguistica da Unesp, no Campus da Faculdade de Ciencias e Letras da Unesp de Araraquara-SP VI SELIN Brazil
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Recursion and the Evolution of Language and Thought” Presented at the Keio University Seminar at the Japanese Cognitive Linguistics Association Tokyo, Japan
  • Everett, D. (2014). “On the role of culture in the Emergence of Grammar” Presented at the Keio University Japanese Cognitive Linguistics Association Tokyo, Japan
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Culture and Grammar in a Functional-Based Linguistics” Presented at theNagoya University Japan
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Recursion and the Evolution of Language and Thought” Presented at theOsaka University Japan
  • Everett, D. (2014). “On the role of culture in the Emergence of Language” Presented at the Pennsylvania State University Watz Memorial Lecture State College, PA
  • Everett, D. (2014). “On the role of culture in the Emergence of Language” Presented at theUniversity of Potsdam Potsdam, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Dark Matter of the Mind” Presented at theThe Einstein Forum Potsdam, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Numerical Cognition in Piraha” Presented at theUniversity of Potsdam Potsdam, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2014). “Tacit Knowledge: How We Come to Know Things That We Cannot Tell” Presented at the University of Iceland Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Everett, D. (2014). “On the role of culture in the Emergence of Language” Presented at theColumbia University New York, NY
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Towards Ethnogrammar: A New Research Program” Presented at the Rice University 5th Biennial Meeting of the Rice Linguistics Society Houston, TX
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Language, Culture and Being Human” Presented at theLake Forest Academy Lake Forest, IL
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Cultural Effects on Grammar” Presented at theUniversity of California, San Diego San Diego, CA
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Cultural Effects on Grammar” Presented at theCalifornia State University, Long Beach Long Beach, CA
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Cultural Effects on Grammar” Presented at theUniversity of California, Irvine Irvine, CA
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Language and Culture” Presented at theUniversity of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Everett, D. (2013). “A Reconsideration of the Reification of Linguistics” Presented at the The British Academy The Cognitive Revolution - 60 Years On London, UK
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Shaping the Future of Business Education” Presented at the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Undergraduate Management Education St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Towards Ethnogrammar” Presented at theMax Planck Institute Leipzig, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Why there is no innate universal grammar” Presented at the University of Groningen Multilingualism Symposium Leeuwarden, Netherlands
  • Everett, D. (2013). “Monolingual Demonstration” Presented at the Linguistics Society of America Linguistics Society of America Summer Institute Ann Arbor, MI
  • Everett, D. (2012). “Life and Language in the Amazon Jungle: the Difficult Task of Understanding Others” Presented at the INRS Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous Cinema Montreal, Canada
  • Wiggins, R. A., Everett, D. (2012). “Developing Tomorrow's Curricula: Collaborative Design across Traditional Faculty Boundaries” Presented at the AACSB 2012 AACSB Deans Conference New Orleans, LA
  • Everett, D. (2012). “Cognitive Fire: How Language Emerges to Serve Human Needs” Presented at the Williams College The Annual Richmond Lecture Williamstown, MA
  • Everett, D. (2012). “Quotatives in Wari' and Piraha: different strategies for reporting the contents of other minds” Presented at the Ruhr University Quotation: Perspectives from Philosophy and Linguistics Bochum, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2012). “Life and Language in the Amazon” Presented at theEton College England
  • Everett, D. (2012). “Language: the Cultural Tool” Presented at theCohen Institute Israel
  • Everett, D. (2012). “Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface” Presented at the Heinrich-Heine-Universitat 'Language: The Cultural Tool' Colloquium Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2011). “Language as a Cultural Tool” Presented at theBrazil Israel Philosophy Colloquium on Mind and Language Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
  • Everett, D. (2011). “Cognitive Fire: Language as a Cultural Tool” Presented at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 26th Linguistics Symposium: Language Death, Endangerment, Documentation, and Revitalization Milwaukee, WI
  • Everett, D. (2011). “Lessons on Language and Culture from the Amazon” Presented at the Wilfrid Laurier College Grand River Forum Toronto, ON
  • Everett, D. (2010). “Where idealizations fail: grammars as cultural artifacts” Presented at the University of Vienna International Conference on Space, numerical systems and color terminologies: Theoretical approaches and empirical analyses Austria
  • Everett, D. (2010). “Life Among the Pirahas” Presented at the University of Vienna Museum of Ethnology Austria
  • Everett, D. (2010). “Culture, Cognition, and Language” Presented at theUniversity of Osnabruek Germany
  • Everett, D. (2009). “Recursion in Piraha” Presented at the University of Massachusetts NSF Conference on Recursion MA
  • Everett, D. (2009). “Endangered Languages, lost knowledge, and the future” Presented at theLong Now Organization
  • Everett, D. (2009). Presented at the University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Forum on Human Origins Santa Barbara, CA
  • Everett, D. (2007). Presented at the Linguistics Society of America Symposium on Missionaries and Linguists
  • Everett, D. (2007). “Culture, Linguistics and Ethnogrammar” Presented at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Workshop on 'Language complexity as an evolving variable' Leipzig, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2007). “Jamesian Linguistics and the Nature of Language” Presented at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar Mexico City
  • Everett, D. (2007). “Cultural Constraints on Recursion” Presented at theInternational Conference on Recursion in Human Language
  • Everett, D. (2006). “Phonology and Field Research” Presented at the14th Manchester Phonology Meeting Manchester, UK
  • Everett, D. (2006). “Exocentric Syntax: RRG vs. the World” Presented at the University of Leipzig International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar Leipzig, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2006). “Rarities, Culture and the Evolution of Language” Presented at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology International Conference on Rara and Rarissima Leipzig, Germany
  • Everett, D. (2006). “Exocentric Morphology” Presented at the York University York-Essex Morphology Meeting (YEMM 3)
  • Everett, D. (2005). “Questoes Empiricas na Avaliacao da Linguistica Formal” Presented at theMeeting of the Grupo de Trabalho on Formal Linguistics of the Brazilian Association of Letters and Linguistics Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Everett, D. (2005). Presented at theBrazilian Linguistics Society (ABRALIN) Annual Meeting University of Brasilia
  • Everett, D. (2005). Presented at theRRG 2005 Taiwan
  • Everett, D. (2004). “How to document a language” Presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting Symposium on Documenting Endangered Languages: Goals, Methods and Strategies Seattle, WA
  • Everett, D. (2004). “Liminal Categories and the Theory of Words” Presented at the University of Leipzig Workshop on Word Domains: Theory and Typology Germany
  • Everett, D. (2004). “Oracoes exocentricas, Categorias Liminais e etnossintaxe” Presented at the University of Brasilia International Conference on Tupi Languages Brazil
  • Everett, D. (2003). “Morphological Irregularities in the Amazon” Presented at theIrregularities in Morphological Paradigms Manchester, UK
  • Everett, D. (2003). “Why We Should be Concerned About Syntaxes We Don't Know” Presented at the UNESP Conference on Role and Reference Grammar Rio Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Everett, D. (2003). “Coherent Fieldwork” Presented at the17th International Congress of Linguists Prague, Czech Republic
  • Everett, D. (2002). “Particulars vs. Universals in Theories of Phrase Structure” Presented at the University of La Rioja Conference on Role and Reference Grammar and Functional Grammar Logrono, Spain
  • Everett, D. (2002). “Monolingual Demonstration and Fieldwork Seminar” Presented at the University of Michigan Symposium on Kenneth L. Pike Ann Arbor, MI
  • Everett, D. (1999). “Being Truth in Academics” Presented at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University Veritas Forum PA
  • Everett, D. (1998). “Tutorial on Monolingual Fieldwork” Presented at the Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America New York
  • Everett, D. (1998). “None Forms, Inputs, and Comparative Optimality: Experimentation and the Obligatory Contour Principle in Modern Hebrew, Current Trends in Phonology II” Presented at theRoyaumont Abbey Paris, France
  • Everett, D. (1997). “Jungle Talk: Conversational Styles in Amazonia” Presented at the University of Pittsburgh Annual Founder's Day Conference Pittburgh, PA
  • Everett, D. (1993). “Discourse, Cognition and the Theory of Grammar” Presented at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh Richard King Mellon Annual Lecture Series Pittburgh, PA
  • Everett, D. (1993). “Blocking Constraints, Obligatory Rules, and Optimality Theory” Presented at the University of Manchester Workshop on Cognitive Phonology England
  • Everett, D. (1991). “On the Storage, Insertion and Form-of Features” Presented at the Research Institute for Language and Speech, University of Utrecht Workshop on Lexical Specification and Lexical Insertion Netherlands
  • Everett, D. (1990). “A Morphosyntactic and Phonological Comparison of Arawan and Capacuran: Any Evidence for a Genetic Classification?” Presented at the University of Colorado Conference on Greenberg's Classification of Languages of the Americas Boulder, CO
  • Everett, D. (1987). “The Status of Phonological Research in Lowland South America” Presented at the University of Oregon Working Conference on Amazonian Languages Eugene, OR
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Department Chair, Illinois State University, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures for Illinois State University, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures 2006 - 2010
  • Director, University of Manchester, Department of English Language and Linguistics, Postgraduate Programme for University of Manchester, Department of English Language and Linguistics, Postgraduate Programme 2003 - 2005
  • Postgraduate Tutor, University of Manchester, Department of Linguistics for University of Manchester, Department of Linguistics 2003 - 2005
  • Postgraduate Admissions Officer, University of Manchester, Department of Linguistics for University of Manchester, Department of Linguistics 2003 - 2005
  • Committee Member for Review Committee for Department of Language & Linguistics, Brigham Young University - 1999
  • Director, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies, Brazilian Studies Program for University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies, Brazilian Studies Program 1998 - 1999
  • Department Chair, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Linguistics for University of Pittsburgh, Department of Linguistics 1989 - 1999
  • Committee Chair for Provost's Internal Review Committee of the Department of English, University of Pittsburgh - 1998
  • Provost's Internal Review Committee of Department of Communication, Division of Communication Disorders, University of Pittsburgh - 1993
  • Committee Member for Faculty Advisory Board, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh 1989 - 1991
  • University Service


  • Dean for Bentley University, School of Arts and Sciences 2010 - Present
  • External Examiner for Cambridge University, MPhil Programme 2002 - 2006
  • Committee Member for Board of Advisors, Beijing Branch Campus, Beijing National University, P.R.C. 1994 - 1999
  • Dean for Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies 1995 - 1995
  • Committee Member for Faculty Advisory Committee, Semester at Sea 1993 - 1995
  • Linguistic Coordinator for SIL International, Porto Velho, Brazil 1986 - 1988
  • Professional Service


  • Founding co-Editor in Chief of Open Linguistics for De Gruyter Open 2014 - Present
  • Committee Member for Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers 2011 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for Oxford Surveys in Syntax and Morphology 2001 - Present
  • Committee Member for Board of Experts, Yourdictionary.com 1999 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for The Journal of the Brazilian Linguistics Society 1992 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for RaeL: Revista Electronica de Linguistica Aplicada 2008 - 2010
  • Editorial Review Board Member for ALFA: Revista de Linguistica, da Universidade Estadual Paulista 2001 - 2010
  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for International Conference on Recursion in Human Languages - 2007
  • Committee Chair for Committee on Honorary Appointments, Linguistic Society of America 2005 - 2006
  • Committee Member for Committee on Honorary Appointments, Linguistic Society of America 2003 - 2005
  • Committee Member for Panel for Dual Support Reform, Economics and Social Research Council 2004 - 2004
  • Editorial Review Board Member for International Journal of American Linguistics 1996 - 2004
  • Committee Member for Scientific Committee, 17th International Congress of Linguists 2002 - 2003
  • Committee Member for Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation 1997 - 1999
  • Co-Chair for Colloquium on Discourse, Linguistic, Philosophical and Computational Perspectives - 1995
  • Editor (Associate), Journal for Language 1991 - 1994
  • Co-Director for Workshop on Arawan Languages (with R.M.W. Dixon) - 1993
  • Co-Organizer for Conference on Amazonian Languages - 1987
  • Coordinator for Teaching iof Generative Grammar at the Graduate Level in Brazil - 1986
  • Co-Organizer for Encontro Nacional de Sintaxe, UNICAMP - 1983