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Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of at the Institute of Technology.
Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of grammar, to be one of the most to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. He also helped spark the cognitive in psychology through his review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, in which he the approach to the study of behavior and language dominant in the 1950s. His approach to the study of language has affected the of language and mind. He is also credited with the of the Chomsky hierarchy, a of formal languages in terms of their generative power.
According to the Arts and Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980?1992 time period, and was the cited scholar in any time period.
Read more in the Wikipedia entry for Noam Chomsky
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