Chomsky: "Try to find in all of the work you mentioned some principles from which you can deduce conclusions, empirically testable propositions where it all goes beyond the level of something you can explain in five minutes to a twelve-year-old. See if you can find that when the fancy words are decoded. I can’t. So I’m not interested in that kind of posturing."
. . . he became interested in developing a linguistic theory using a non-taxonomic approach and based on mathematical formalism . . . a decisive break with the Bloomfieldian taxonomic structuralist tradition . . .
[He] compiled [the nearly 1000 typewritten pages long] The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory (LSLT) [and] submitted just the 9th chapter as his doctoral dissertation. . . . Syntactic Structures, Chomsky's first published book . . . distilled the concepts presented in LSLT.
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