I am responding to your recent article “Next Noam Chomsky to Be Selected”.
What a load of tripe! There has never been any Council of Generativism, and there never will be. Your article is revisionist history at its worst. At the risk of exposing secrets best left unexposed, I feel the need to set the record straight.
Noam I passed the title to me as a private transaction in 1975. Far from the “pessimism” that your correspondent baselessly alleges, Noam I told me he was simply tired and ready to retire from public life. I will never forget the selflessness of his exact words, which were: “Have you ever considered Linguistics? You’d make a wonderful Dread Linguist Chomsky.” Though I had in fact never considered linguistics, I dared not turn down the opportunity.
When I, in turn, grew tired of leading the field in the late 1980’s, I searched for several years for someone suitable to carry on the position. Following Noam I’s magnanimous example, I also privately anointed a successor
Get your facts straight, SpecGram! The title of Noam Chomsky has passed twice, peacefully and voluntarily, in each case to a deserving up-and-
Cyrus Brockmorton, a.k.a. Noam II
You seem like a decent fellow
I have noticed that the conference a linguist goes to tells a lot about his/
Dudley Du Raillette
President, Society for the Preservation of Authenticity, Conscience, and Emotion from Corruption by the American Decadent Economic-
Dear Dudley Du Raillette of the SPACECADETS,
We only attend one conference, the Conference of Obtrusively Outstanding Linguists Documenting Undocumented, Diverse, and Endangered Silliness. We’d say “See you there!” but we won’t
Speculative Grammarian accepts well-