Noam Chomsky is an eminent linguist and a radical political philosopher of international reputation.
Born in Philadelphia on December 7, 1928, he is an intellectual prodigy who received a PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1955 he has been a professor at MIT and has produced groundbreaking, controversial theories on human linguistic capacity. Chomsky is widely published, both on topics in his field and on issues of dissent and U.S. foreign policy.
Mr Chomsky has now worked in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT for over half a century. For his academic pursuits, he has received a multitude of honorary degrees from universities as far flung as the University of Calcutta to the University of Chicago.
Chomsky’s ideas have never been regulated to language alone. His awards for peace and public intellect are just as impressive. In 1967,The New York Review of Books published his essay, "The Responsibility of Intellectuals." In light of the Vietnam War, which Chomsky adamantly opposed, he addressed what he saw as a disgracefully resigned intellectual community, a community of which he was an embarrassed member, with the hope of igniting his peers into deeper thought and action. Weaving between the world of academia and popular culture, Chomsky has gained a reputation for both his linguistic discoveries and his radical ideas.
As a professor, he introduced transformational grammar to the field. His theory asserts that languages are innate and that the differences we see are only due to parameters developed over time in our brains, helping to explain why children are able to learn different languages more easily than adults. One of his most famous contributions to linguistics is what his contemporaries have called the Chomsky Hierarchy, a division of grammar into groups, moving up or down in their expressive abilities. These ideas have had huge ramifications for modern psychology, both raising and answering questions about human nature and how we process information.
Noam Chomsky will address UCC on Thursday April 4th 2013 in Devere Hall. This event is open both to students and to members of the public. Tickets are €8 and will be on sale this week on UCC campus and in the Visitors’ Centre in the Main Quadrangle.
Details will be finalised over the weekend so check this page for updates.
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