Linvi Charles wrote: > I did not think anyone hates Chomsky in the sense that others have > interpreted. It just seems like most people hear the name "Chomsky" and > have an immediate negative reaction. There have been times that some have reacted with an immediate positive reaction. You'll find them in the archives; and some are still active on the list. To be honest, I would be loath to say whether his linguistic theories have strong support or opposition from most on the list. > Either way, I do not want this thread > to devolve into discussion about Chomsky. *I just want to know who has > written on the subject on universal grammar.* Chomsky :) Sorry - but if you're interested in the controversial subject of 'universal grammar' it is rather difficult to avoid him - but, Elliot has drawn our attention to the fact that Chomsky's ideas have changed and developed. I guess at some stage you'll come across Joseph Greenberg's 'linguistic universals'; see e.g. http://angli02.kgw.tu-berlin.de/Korean/Artikel02/ Also David Bickerton's "language bioprogram hypothesis"; and I am sure there are many others. But it should be remembered that the notion of 'universal grammar' is controversial; some feel the universal grammar theories (there's more than one) are unfounded or, at best, unprovable. -- 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".