Following the success of our earlier forum, “Sydney: Lamb or Lorikeet?” we present a discussion of one of the most interesting issues in linguistics today. The 1987 publication of Dr. Hugo Hackenbush’s revolutionary work, Noam is Not!, has precipitated a bitter academic controversy. On one side stand the Old Guard, defenders of the traditional viewpoint that Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of modern generative linguistics. But their opponents, led since Hackenbush’s death by Erich Ludendorff, maintain that ‘Chomsky’ is nothing more than a hypothetical construct dreamed up by a few demented math TA’s one besotted Saturday night. Also considered will be such novel viewpoints as that of Professor Wo Shr Bau, who feels that Chomsky’s existence or non-existence is far less important than his shoe size.
The panel members will be:
The discussion will take place in Savonarola Memorial Cathedral, Cheboygan, Michigan, at 10:30 PM, with Mass and bowling immediately to follow. We hope you can make it.
P.S. Don’t miss our next exciting program, tentatively scheduled for mid-January, on the topic, “Kenneth Pike: Closet Evangelist for the Hare Krishnas?”