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  1. The two views on the subject of grammar
  2. The universality of a set of genetically known grammatical rules
  3. The I-language and the E-language

While Noam Chomsky is perhaps better known for his liberal political views and philosophies which support a variety of social causes, such as helping the poor, condemning wars, violence, and poverty, he is also a world renowned linguist. Chomsky has developed interesting theories in speech which would make him one of the most important linguists of the twentieth century, and would set the field of linguistics into debate over the universality of speech. In his theories of speech, which includes generative grammar and the Chomsky hierarchy, he outlines the universality of languages with mathematical and anecdotal evidence which would seem to provide compelling reasons to make people believe they have more in common than would seem.

[...] Ray, Robin. "Linguists Doubt Exception to Universal Grammar." MIT News Apr Massachusets Institute of Technology . Searle, John R. Special Supplement: Chomsky's Revolution in Linguistics." New York Review of Books June Szabó, Zoltán Gendler. "Noam Chomsky." 2004. Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers . [...]


[...] In the simpelest form, the E-language is the language used by entire populations as a homogenous form of communication (Hornstein). According to Chomsky, this is not the interesting part of language as E-language can be seen as just a collection of people sharing similar I-languages (Hornstein). This is not to say that people have the same I-language and thus collectively they form the E-language, but that I-languages overlap with each other to facilitate communication with large groups. With the importance that Chomsky places on I-language, what is seem as quite controversial. [...]

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