Noam Chomsky

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  • Birth

    Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, PA.
  • University of Pennsylvania

    Noam Chomsky started at the university in 1945 at the young age of 16.
  • College Life

    Noam received his Bachelors in Linguistics in 1949. He then went on to get his Masters in 1951 and eventually got his Doctorate in 1955.
  • "The Morphophonemics of Modern Hebrew." Thesis

    While in college. Noam Chomsky was influenced by Zellig S. Harris. Harris introduced Chomsky to Nelson Goodman. Nelson Goodman believed that the mind was a blank slate for learning languages. Noam Chomsky believed that language was a basic concept of every mind which was influenced by their surrounding environment. This lead to his thesis in 1951.
  • MIT

    Noam Chomsky was invited to become an active teacher at MIT in 1955. He worked actively in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy until he retired in 2005
  • "Syntactic Structures"

    Syntactic Structures is the rules set up for sentence structure. It combines words and other elements to form grammatic sentences. Noam Chomsky wrote about this in one of his famous writings in 1957. This is where Chomsky wrote in depth about his belief that humans are born with the ability to realize generative grammar and learn language from this. This set the basis for his belief that children learn language by exposure.
  • Syntax Theory

    Noam Chomsky wrote “Aspects of the Theory of Syntax" to show his work and establish linguistic theory.
  • Structure of Linguistics

    In 1975 Chomsky supported his theory more by writing “The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory”. Later on the study of cognitive science supported his his claims.
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    Life achievements

    Honorary Fellowship - Literary and Historical Society 2005
    The Uppsala University Honorary Doctor’s degree 2007
    President’s Medal- Literary and Debating Society of the National University of Ireland, Galway - 2008
    Honorary Member- International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI) 2009
  • Present Day

    Presently Noam Chomsky is 91 years old and is still active in the linguistic and political community.