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Does Piraha syntax lack any recursion or just embedding?

I think we're all familiar with the background. Piraha is said to contradict the principles of universal grammar because it lacks embedding, but embedding and recursion aren't the same thing. Other ...
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It's now 12 years since Everett made his startling claims about Pirahã. How have his claims held up? [closed]

How are they viewed by the scholarly community now?
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Does Pirahã syntax contradict the principles of Universal Grammar?

The Wikipedia article on Universal Grammar cites the research by Everett (2005) about the Pirahã language: Finally, in the domain of field research, the Pirahã language is claimed to be a ...
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