*first sentence is supposed to read "language acquisition" rather than just "language"
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As long as you're ok with limited cognition, chincillas really are ideal pets. They have no real defense system (the worst that can happen is a "quack" or projectile pee), so no scratches/bites etc. They love affection, work best in pairs or groups, are quiet, and require no "real" bathing (no water--only a quick frolic in some volcanic ash). Their poop does not smell and they live for play time.
In The Infinite Gift, Yang uses language as a platform to give an overview of nearly every major branch of linguistics. He covers basic ideas and builds on these to more advanced concepts in this astoundingly concise and accessible book. One of the most well-researched introductions to linguistics I've ever read, The Infinite Gift is accurate and informative, but also immensely fun.
Visually stunning and thematically powerful, Koyaanisqatsi, the first installment of the "Qatsi" trilogy, has neither plot, nor characters, nor dialog. Yet it is enthralling and commands attention for its entire 80-plus minute duration. The score, by award-winning composer Philip Glass, is both beautiful and haunting and perfectly underscores the tone and cadence of the visual sequences.