‘Syntactic Structures’ still stupefies at sixty


All of us in the language biz will have a stark awareness of the significance of the theories of Noam Chomsky, and it speak volumes about his work that many non-linguists will have come across him too.
2016 represents the 60th anniversary of his hugely influential book ‘Syntactic Structures’. At ABC Radio’s Philosophers Zone, Tiger Webb catches up with Chomsky’s theories to reflect on whether any of the mysteries of language as identified by the author have been solved. The article can be found here and is based on the full audio interview from ABC.