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Avram Noam Chomsky, Ph.D (born December 7, 1928) is the Institute Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of theoretical linguistics made in the 20th century. He also helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology through his review of B.F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, in which he challenged the behaviorist approach to the study of mind and language dominant in the 1950s. His naturalistic approach to the study of language has also affected the philosophy of language and mind (see Harman, Fodor).

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Noam Chomsky at the World Social Forum 2003
Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky by John Soares
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Noam Chomsky 2004
Noam Chomsky at the World Social Forum 2003
Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky by John Soares
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Noam Chomsky 2004