American University of Beirut

Noam Chomsky

Dr. Chomsky is widely known as the “father of modern linguistics” for his pioneering research on generative grammar and human language development. His important contributions to academia are complemented by his tireless advocacy for human rights and freedom of speech. A professor at MIT since 1955, Chomsky’s revolutionary theories about the genetic roots of language acquisition are considered to be integral to the study of linguistics. Chomsky’s work in language has advanced knowledge not only within the realm of liberal arts and psychology, but also in mathematics and computer science. A critical thinker and prolific writer, Chomsky continually forces scholars and leaders to defend or reconsider conclusions across a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, linguistics, politics, and society. His books include Syntactic Structures (1957), Language and Mind (1972), Peace in the Middle East? (1974), Knowledge of Language (1986), The Minimalist Program (1995), and Occupy (2012). Chomsky has been an outspoken critic of U.S. wars in Vietnam and Iraq and he has written extensively about peace in the Middle East and in support of the Palestinian cause. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Linguistic Society of America.​

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