A random collection of the various nefarious goings on of one Avram Noam Chomsky, listed from most recent.


In the 20th Century, though, linguistics took a wrong turn, down a dead end, and this was down to one man – Noam Chomsky. In 1955 he was awarded his doctorate for work in Transformational Grammar. He then took linguistics by storm and wrestled it away from Behaviourism by criticizing the work of B. F. Skinner. He is known for the Universal Grammar theory, Generative Grammar, Principles and Parameters, and the Minimalist Program. He has had a huge, yet malign, impact on linguistics.

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I’ll leave with this quote which is less Chomsky-nefarious but one to ponder on for all those Chomsky bashers themselves : ). Oh and if you spot any good ones on that no-good linguist and political commentator let me know.