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Noam Chomsky
(1928-____) born on
Dec 7
US linguist, political activitist. He founded transformational grammar and Cartesian theory which influenced the development of modern linguistics.
         
   
F
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.

R
Colourless green ideas sleep furiously.
A
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
N
Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
K
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: Used by Chomsky to demonstrate that an utterance can be grammatical without having meaning. Syntactic Structures."
A: "Language and Freedom," lecture, Jan. 1970, delivered at Loyola University, Chicago (published in For Reasons of State, 1973).
N: For Reasons of State, Introduction (1973).
K: Television interview with John Pilger on "The Late Show," 25 Nov. 1992, BBC2, excerpted in Guardian (London, 23 Nov. 1992).
   


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