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CHAT: Chomsky (Was Re: ALERT: Chomsky Giving a Talk on Language

From:takatunu <takatunu@...>
Date:Thursday, January 8, 2004, 5:54
Your grudge--that I have yet no reason to share--makes me think of 1998
best-seller "The instinct of Language". I can't remember its author's name
but he claims there that embedding clauses like "The speed [that the move
[that the wing [that the hummingird has] has] has]" is nongrammatical
because "human brain can't handle this many identical slots" or whatever
etc. The trouble is just that the very day before I had read my Sumerian
grammar book showing this neat "house [brother
[king-land-a(k)] -a(k)] -(ak)" example meaning "the land's king's brother's
house" where "-a(k)" is not simply a genitive but also makes any kind of
subclause. This is quite apart from the fact that he was dealing with the
attributive copula as if it was a regular verb, which is a mistake you're
not supposed to make anymore by the first quarter of the first year of
language studies. B***sh*ting rule! :-)

David Peterson <ThatBlueCat@...> wrote:
Anarchist wrote:
<<Isn't [Chomsky] also an anarchist? I'm an anarchist, so I've been
if he is both a linguist and an anarchist.>>
Having seen him give a
linguistics talk, though, I can say that he's at one time a thoroughly dull
orator, and, at the same time, very unprofessional in the way he uses
statements to insult entire fields of study, and members of the audience.