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Noam Chomsky on Serbia-Kosovo, Genocide, NATO aggression Pt. 3 of 4

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Published on Dec 1, 2008

Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor emeritus and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chomsky is well known in the academic and scientific community as the father of modern linguistics. Since the 1960s, he has become known more widely as a political dissident, an anarchist, and a libertarian socialist intellectual.

In the 1950s, Chomsky began developing his theory of generative grammar, which has undergone numerous revisions and has had a profound influence on linguistics. Within that field, he has been described as "a hero of Homeric proportions, belonging solidly in the pantheon of our country's finest minds, with all the powers and qualities thereof.
First, foremost, and initially he is staggeringly smart. The speed, scope, and synthetic abilities of his intellect are legendary.
He is, too, a born leader, able to marshal support, fierce and uncompromising support, for positions he develops or adopts. Often, it seems, he shapes linguistics by sheer force of will." He also established the Chomsky hierarchy, a classification of formal languages in terms of their generative power. His 1959 review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior challenged the behaviorist approaches to studies of behavior and language dominant at the time and contributed to the cognitive revolution in psychology.

His naturalistic approach to the study of language has affected the philosophy of language and mind.

Quick fact: Noam Chomsky is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Department of Social Sciences.

Noam Chomsky interviewed by Danilo Mandic, April 25, 2006

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