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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 6. Why is Chomsky Such a Big Deal in Linguistics?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38125


Noam Chomsky is one of the most well-known names in linguistics—in fact, he is possibly the world’s most famous linguist of all time. This chapter breaks down two of Chomsky’s biggest contributions to the field of linguistics: his theories of ‘transformational-generative grammar’ and ‘universal grammar’.

Chapter Contributors

  • Greg Carlson ( - gcarlson) 'University of Rochester'