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Trains of Thought on the Issues of Syntax, the Lexicon, and Pragmatics: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Trains of Thought on the Issues of Syntax, the Lexicon, and Pragmatics: An Interview with Noam... József Andor : Thank you very much, Noam, for giving me a chance to interview you during your extremely short stay at the Olinco meeting in Olomouc. My previous interview with you took place in your room at MIT roughly 10 years ago. Ten years is not a very long time in the development of fields of science and scholarly work. Still, I would like to ask you to let me know what you think have been the major, most outstanding advances taking place in linguistic theory in general, and also concerning the generative trend of linguistics in particular, in the last ten years. Noam Chomsky : I have my own personal interests, of course. They are not necessarily the interests of the field. What interests me is the progress that has been made in the areas that I talked about today, 1 showing how much the basic structure of language and the nature of language can be explained in terms of extremely simple, elementary principles about the nature of computation and the simplest possible computational operations. And it turns out that a fair amount is falling into place, for the reasons I discussed. I think that it’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

Trains of Thought on the Issues of Syntax, the Lexicon, and Pragmatics: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

International Review of Pragmatics , Volume 7 (1): 145 – Jan 1, 2015

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Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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1877-3095
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József Andor : Thank you very much, Noam, for giving me a chance to interview you during your extremely short stay at the Olinco meeting in Olomouc. My previous interview with you took place in your room at MIT roughly 10 years ago. Ten years is not a very long time in the development of fields of science and scholarly work. Still, I would like to ask you to let me know what you think have been the major, most outstanding advances taking place in linguistic theory in general, and also concerning the generative trend of linguistics in particular, in the last ten years. Noam Chomsky : I have my own personal interests, of course. They are not necessarily the interests of the field. What interests me is the progress that has been made in the areas that I talked about today, 1 showing how much the basic structure of language and the nature of language can be explained in terms of extremely simple, elementary principles about the nature of computation and the simplest possible computational operations. And it turns out that a fair amount is falling into place, for the reasons I discussed. I think that it’s

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International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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