James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Linguistics and Philosophy

Noam A. Chomsky
Lecture title: "Language: The Cognitive Revolution"
April 8, 1992

Noam A. Chomsky, MIT faculty member since 1955 (later, Institute Professor), delivered the 20th annual Killian Award lecture. Often referred to as “the father of modern linguistics,” Professor Chomsky revolutionized the field of linguistics and paved the way for transformational grammar and universal grammar. His book Syntactic Structures (1957) was considered groundbreaking. He also made significant contributions to the fields of psychology, cognitive science, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.


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Morris Halle
Spring 1979

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