The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

6. Why is Chomsky Such a Big Deal in Linguistics?

The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

Greg Carlson [+-]
University of Rochester
Greg Carlson is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, where he has been since 1987. He has taught at the University of California at Irvine, the University of Iowa, Wayne State University, the LSA Summer Institute, the European Summer School, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Trondheim (Norway), and visited at the Max Planck Institute (Netherlands). His research interests focus on natural language semantics with a special interest in generics; he also conducts research in experimental psycholinguistics, with other strong interests in philosophy and computer science. Publications include Reference to Kinds in English (Garland, 1980), The Generic Book (Chicago, 1995), and Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He served as editor in chief of Linguistics and Philosophy (1992-1997) and editor of Language (2009-2017). His dissertation advisor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Prof. Barbara Partee, was one of Chomsky’s earliest students.

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Noam Chomsky is one of the most well-known names in linguistics—in fact, he is possibly the world’s most famous linguist of all time. This chapter breaks down two of Chomsky’s biggest contributions to the field of linguistics: his theories of ‘transformational-generative grammar’ and ‘universal grammar’.

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Carlson, Greg. 6. Why is Chomsky Such a Big Deal in Linguistics?. The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 30-34 Jul 2019. ISBN 9781781798553. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38125. Date accessed: 17 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38125. Jul 2019

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