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Old 07-06-2011, 10:16 PM
 
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He's studies linguistics, but he only talks about economics, politics, and science, which he has no credentials to show that he has credibility in what he gets paid to talk about.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:43 AM
 
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Because he says what retards want to hear. A bit like the Dalai Lama
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:57 AM
 
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You haven't seen Noam Chomsky talk about linguistics because you haven't even looked. He's one of the most influential linguistics experts of the 20th century.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:08 AM
 
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He's studies linguistics, but he only talks about economics, politics, and science, which he has no credentials to show that he has credibility in what he gets paid to talk about.
Noam Chomsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In your educated opinion, what more credentials does he need?


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Old 07-07-2011, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My research involves computational linguistics, and I can tell you straight up that he hasn't contributed anything in the past 10 years. He also believes that statistical methods, ones which the community (including yours truly) have been getting millions in grants to investigate, are pointless. He's kind of a joke among many of us in the field. The neo-progs like the guy's statist viewpoint, but don't really admire his scholarly contributions other than CFGs.

Chomsky derides purely statistical methods « Replicated Typo (http://www.replicatedtypo.com/irreverant-and-irrelevant/chomsky-derides-purely-statistical-methods/3584/ - broken link)
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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He's studies linguistics, but he only talks about economics, politics, and science, which he has no credentials to show that he has credibility in what he gets paid to talk about.
If you've ever taken a computer science class, you would be a lot more familiar with Chomsky's apolitical side.

He's a genius in that sense...albeit with a serious bias and a bad attitude when it comes to politics.

Scientists are empirical people and they don't always make the best political pundits.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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Chomsky is the old-guard way of the past and really only relevant when you take a Comp Sci compiler construction class. Jurafsky is the future of linguistics. He also doesn't have the crazy like Noam does.

Dan was at Portland the other week and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him.

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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Chomsky is the old-guard way of the past and really only relevant when you take a Comp Sci compiler construction class. Jurafsky is the future of linguistics. He also doesn't have the crazy like Noam does.

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Chomsky is a very grumpy old man who thinks the world should make more sense than it does.

I noticed this trait in hard science academics in the past. It leads some to the left, some to the right, but they're always seemingly disappointed that the world doesn't make as much sense as they think it should.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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I guess this thread has come to a fitting end.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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Chomsky is the old-guard way of the past and really only relevant when you take a Comp Sci compiler construction class. Jurafsky is the future of linguistics. He also doesn't have the crazy like Noam does.

Dan was at Portland the other week and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him.

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I like to think of Summers73 as the future of linguistics.
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