Linvi Charles wrote: > I know that the question is generalized . . . I know Noam Chomsky's main > area of study is universal grammar; but, there seems to be a lot of hate > against him in this forum. 'Hate' is a rather strong word and I doubt whether many (or indeed any) on the list have any hate towards to him (and if they do, it would more probably be for political rather than linguistic reasons - but let us not go there). I do not along with his 'deep structure' theory and still less with ideas of generative phonology; but I certainly have no hate towards the guy. > Does anyone have a list of respectable books > about the same subject (whether in agreement or disagreement with Noam > Chomsky)? Steven Pinker's book "The Language Instinct" is often considered to be Chomsky in plain language for the 'person in the street'; see: http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/books/tli/index.html -- Ray ================================== http://www.carolandray.plus.com ================================== "Ein Kopf, der auf seine eigene Kosten denkt, wird immer Eingriffe in die Sprache thun." [J.G. Hamann, 1760] "A mind that thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language".