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LINGUIST List 18.1223

Mon Apr 23 2007

FYI: PDF Version of Chomsky's Original 1955-56 Thesis

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        1.    Robert Berwick, PDF Version of Chomsky's Original 1955-56 Thesis

Message 1: PDF Version of Chomsky's Original 1955-56 Thesis
Date: 22-Apr-2007
From: Robert Berwick <berwickcsail.mit.edu>
Subject: PDF Version of Chomsky's Original 1955-56 Thesis

We have retrieved from microfilm the marked-up 1955-1956 copy of Chomsky's
thesis draft, the one he was preparing for publication as ''The Logical
Structure of Linguistic Theory.'' With Chomsky's permission, we have made
a new microfilm copy, since the old one had nearly decayed, and then
scanned each page into a pdf file. We are making that entire file freely
downloadable, with Chomsky's consent.

The full document contains chapters that were left out of the LSLT
published version, e.g., an information-theoretic method to construct
linguistic categories, that Chomsky developed in conjunction with Peter Elias.

While it's a large file - 436MB and 919 pages -it's still manageable to

The URL is:


Best regards, Prof. Bob Berwick

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

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