"Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation."
~ Noam Chomsky
Avram Noam Chomsky
born December 07, 1928 in Philadelphia.
American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer.
Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar
Helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology through his review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behaviour
His naturalistic approach to the study of language has affected the philosophy of language and mind.
Beginning with his critique of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Chomsky has become more widely known for his media criticism and political activism, and for his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States and other governments.
Cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980–1992 time period, and was the eighth-most cited scholar in any time period.