Thursday, December 8, 2016

Some things to read

Angel Galego passed along these links (here and here) to a recent Q&A that Chomsky had in Spain. The questions were fun and the answers illuminating. The discussion ranges over a wide number of topics including the ripeness of conjunctive work in linguistics (acquisition, processing, neuro), what Chomsky thinks of corpus work, deep learning and most statistical work currently done on language, phases and Spell Out, acceptability and grammaticality, and many more issues.  I enjoyed them, and you might too.

Here is a second link (here). It's to a piece I wrote with Nathan Robinson on the recent Wolfe and Knight nonsense. It goes over old ground, but it is in a more accessible place.


  1. The Current Affairs piece is spectacular.

  2. Great Current Affairs piece indeed! I find it interesting that according to Caitlin Flanagan's Wikipedia entry, "[h]er book To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife was published by Little, Brown in 2006".

  3. And of course it's very fitting that these two "books" were published in 2016, the declared post-factual year. :-)