Noam Chomsky


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Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic, and activist. He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war, politics, and mass media, and is ... more »

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  • ''Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.''
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. For Reasons of State, introduction (1973).
  • ''The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets. It was the ones we call the prophets who were jailed and driven into the desert, and so on.''
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. Interview in Guardian (London, November 23, 1992).
  • The basic idea which runs right through modern history and modern liberalism is that the public has got to be marginalized. The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsid...
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. Interview in Guardian (London, November 23, 1992).
  • UG [universal grammar] may be regarded as a characterization of the genetically determined language faculty. One may think of this faculty as a 'language acquisition device,' an innate component of th...
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. mathematical linguist, philosopher, psychologist, political critic. Knowledge of Language, p. 3 (1971). A statement o...
  • 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 ...
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. Lecture, January 1970, delivered at Loyola University, Chicago. "Language and Freedom," publ...
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