9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2005
Just to say that this book is beautiful in its simplicity and clarity. So much easier to read than all the syntheses of Chomsky's work by other less easy to understand intellectuals. If you are an undergrad. you can get one up on your lecturers by reading this. My Prof. at Uni. had never read any of Chomsky's work but expounded interminably on "Chomskyan Theory" and Generative Grammar. A surprisingly good read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2008
Written when Chomsky was 28 years old. Published in 1957. 114 pages and its impact is still felt. If Chomsky had not become a political activist his intellectual contribution to linguistics and related fields would have made him a household name like Einstein or Freud. This is the start of it all.
This book is also the source of the famous sentence "Colourless green ideas sleep furiously" which in some books of quotations is his only entry.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2013
very specialised book, it assumes an existing, deep knowledge of the subject. it has proven too difficult for me to read