Mixing Memory

Lakoff the Chomskyan?

You know things have taken a turn for the surreal when George Lakoff is described as “an admirer of Noam Chomsky.” I may dislike his linguistics and his political theory, but I have to pat him on the back for striking such a nerve with the wingnuts that they are willing to call a man who was once denounced as a heretic by Chomsky, and who’s devoted the bulk of his adult life to anti-Chomskyan linguistics, an “admirer of Chomsky,” or a “Chomsky protege.” I mean, some guy wrote a book about how much these linguists dislike each other.

Comments

  1. #1 chet s.
    November 7, 2006

    your white male superiority offends me, and i’m afraid to say that is not a ‘safe space’ for those of us who are of color and take comfort in lakoff’s analysis. the personal is the political!

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