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Noam Chomsky

Institute Professor, emeritus

 

Institute Professor, emeritus

 

Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor, emeritus
Professor of Linguistics, emeritus

Noam Chomsky is an Institute Professor and professor of linguistics emeritus at MIT, widely known as the father of modern linguistics, a philosopher, prolific author, and globally influential political activist. He is one of the most widely quoted intellectuals living today and probably one of the most interviewed. Professor Chomsky holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania; he joined the faculty at MIT in 1955 and was appointed full professor in 1961.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Creation of his theory of generative grammar.
  • Excitement and frustration of establishing linguistics as a legitimate field of study.
  • Experiences and challenges as a political activist from early anarchist studies through Vietnam and into the contemporary political climate.
  • Controversy over the level of military research at MIT, which led to the formation of the Pounds Commission.

 

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