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    DescriptionNoam Chomsky has become the acknowledged supreme anti-authoritarian figure of our age. A prolific writer, researcher and critical thinker, he has shaped contemporary linguistics, philosophy and liberal thought like no other. Volumes on Chomsky abound, yet an approachable and up-to-date introduction to the man and his life has until now been lacking, due perhaps to the sometimes dense and technical nature of Chomsky's writing, and also the sheer volume of his work. "Noam Chomsky" presents just such an introduction. With extensive biographical background notes, photographs, and illustrations, Wolfgang B. Sperlich introduces the reader to Chomsky's major innovations in linguistics and politics, illuminating the work within its historical context. Chomsky's formative years and his main intellectual influences, especially in the field of language studies; and his gradual separation from the mainstream American intellectual community are described. The work also traces the latest developments in Chomskyan linguistics and how they relate to wider issues of cognition, neuro-science, biology and evolution. Chomsky's career as a political activist is charted: from a 16-year-old university student against the background of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the 1950s and '60s and his pacifist-anarchist lectures and writings; the 1970s and '80s and his development of increasingly radical anarcho-syndicalist thought; the late 1980s and '90s and his seminal treatise on mass-media Manufacturing Consent; and, to the present where he has become an increasingly ferocious critic of American politics and the American political system. Those interested in Chomsky's contributions to linguistics will find in Noam Chomsky a challenging but non-technical introduction; those interested in Chomsky's politics will receive a common-sense lesson in political analysis; and, those interested in Chomsky's life will discover a rich and sympathetic portrait of a man who, despite a forbidding reputation, is actually very human indeed.


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    Title
    Noam Chomsky
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Wolfgang B. Sperlich
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 174
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781861892690
    ISBN 10: 1861892691
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: JP
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    DC22: 320.973
    BISAC V2.8: BIO010000, BIO009000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    Thema V1.0: JP, DNB
    Illustrations note
    25 black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    01 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Wolfgang B. Sperlich is an activist, linguist, education consultant and writer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has written widely on Oceanic linguistics and education development in the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.
    Review quote
    ... an accessible and intelligent introduction to the man and his thought The Listener, New Zealand