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Re: The Gospel according to Chomsky

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, April 11, 2002, 23:27
David Peterson wrote:

> HA, HA, HA, HA!!!! Marvellous. >
Truly brilliant and LOLROFLMAO etc. I even liked the way it combined both Old and New Testament material. "I come to fulfill the prophets etc etc." I do wish they'd managed to work in a "Boolean condition on analyzability", which always got a "Well, er, umm.." from all my teachers. It took me a good two years to figure out what was going in SS and Aspects, and then along came Ross, Lakoff, McCawley et seq., at which point I retreated into my antiquated comparative/hist. cubby-hole (with Kiparsky barking in PIE outside)......... At the first summer-school Linguistic Institute I attended at U.Mich (1965), it was amusing to watch the battles between Chomsky, Sidney Lamb (who?), and sadly waning old-guard Henry Gleason and their various disciples, all of whom were in attendance. I do tend to agree occasionally with Chomsky on some of his political rants, and he can be a brilliant speaker, but Lordy lordy, those masses of words on the printed page........:-(


John Cowan <jcowan@...>