The Linguistics Delusion - Geoffrey Sampson

The Linguistics Delusion - Geoffrey Sampson

4. Rigid Strings and Flaky Snowflakes

The Linguistics Delusion - Geoffrey Sampson

Geoffrey Sampson [+-]
Sussex University, Professor Emeritus
Geoffrey Sampson is Professor Emeritus at Sussex University and has taught linguistics at the LSE, Lancaster and Leeds Universities. His recent books include Love Songs of Early China (2006), Electronic Business (2nd edn 2008) and Writing Systems (2nd edn 2015).


The title chapter is an extended scrutiny of the “Chomsky phenomenon”. Noam Chomsky is by no means the only or the earliest linguist to promote the concept of linguistics as a science, but he and those who have developed his ideas have provided by far the most powerful intellectual impetus maintaining that mistaken idea – so much so that even linguists who are seen as doughty foes of Chomsky’s linguistics often turn out to have internalized Chomskyan assumptions. Linguists who are unfamiliar with some of the neighbouring disciplines on which Chomskyan linguistics impinges often fail to grasp how very little real substance underlies the superficially impressive panoply of generative theorizing.

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Sampson, Geoffrey. 4. Rigid Strings and Flaky Snowflakes. The Linguistics Delusion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 56-70 Sep 2017. ISBN 9781781795781. Date accessed: 04 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32132. Sep 2017

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