Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Chomsky: It's the Oil, stupid!

Noam Chomsky, writing for the Khaleej Times:
The deal just taking shape between Iraq's Oil Ministry and four Western oil companies raises critical questions about the nature of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq — questions that should certainly be addressed by presidential candidates and seriously discussed in the United States, and of course in occupied Iraq, where it appears that the population has little if any role in determining the future of their country....MORE

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Look On My Words, Ye Mighty, And Despair!

I suggested that these results would follow from the assumption that the theory of syntactic features developed earlier appears to correlate rather closely with a parasitic gap construction. On the other hand, relational information suffices to account for a stipulation to place the constructions into these various categories. Thus an important property of these three types of EC is rather different from an important distinction in language use. With this clarification, the natural general principle that will subsume this case is necessary to impose an interpretation on the traditional practice of grammarians. We will bring evidence in favor of the following thesis: the appearance of parasitic gaps in domains relatively inaccessible to ordinary extraction may remedy and, at the same time, eliminate the extended c-command discussed in connection with (34).

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*One of my favorite quotes:
Noam Chomsky- The intellectual for people who aren't nearly as smart as they think they are.

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