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Re: The Gospel according to Chomsky

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, April 15, 2002, 13:44
daniel andreasson scripsit:

> And the doubters saith unto him, Noam. We know not whither thou goest; and > how can we know the way. Chomsky saith unto them. I am the way, the truth > and the life of linguistics; no-one cometh unto a true grammar, but by the > Competence Hypothesis.
I think this should be "And Chomsky answering saith unto them", which is the phrase used in the KJV when Jesus really routs his opponents (verbally). "Answering" in this phrase perhaps preserves some small echo of its Old English meaning: and-swerian (inf.) 'swear against'. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_