In Conversation with Noam Chomsky
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Oksana Gerasymets  Identity Verified
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Sep 28, 2014

Has anyone registered for this event? It is fully booked, but I had joined the waiting list over a month ago and secured a ticket. The event will take place in 2 months, so you still have time and might got lucky. I think we can go as a group, and then have a nice talk over a cup of coffee.

In Conversation with Noam Chomsky

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7.30pm
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Professor Noam Chomsky’s work over the past 60 years has profoundly changed the way we think about language. In this event he talks about his reflections on a lifetime of linguistics research and as one of the leading thinkers of our time.

About the speaker:
Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher and political activist, is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. He was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in 1974.


[Edited at 2014-09-28 08:01 GMT]


Tom in London
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Thanks Sep 28, 2014

Thanks Oksana - I went to a Chomsky lecture at UCL a few years ago. He had a prodigious quantity of notes with him, and referred to them constantly.

Unfortunately he also has terrible glottal fry, which I cannot abide. Here's an explanation of what it is:

or even better, this:

It's a shame because his analyses of language are very interesting. You'd think he'd pay more attention to the sound of the human voice, and the beauty of good speaking !

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It's normal American speech, Tom Sep 28, 2014

The presenter of this video also suffers from it, but she probably doesn't realise it, because that's the normal level of fry used by Americans (i.e. United States speakers) generally.


Oh, yes, I see what you mean (in this video). But if you download the video using e.g. this program and then play it in VLC Player with the graphic equalizer enabled and set to the "Techno" preset (believe it!), then it sounds much more listenable. In VLC Player, go to Tools > Effects and Filters > (enable the graphic equalizer) > (select the Techno preset from the dropdown list).

[Edited at 2014-09-28 13:43 GMT]


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Great--I think he should have a seminar in New York as well. Sep 28, 2014

We feel slightly neglected. He is a great linguist--I have always appreciated him as one of the greatest linguists, and studied with someone who was his student.

He speaks in beautiful clear English--I just double-checked. There is nothing wrong with his English whatsoever. Many scientists and artists are more introvert--this may be why. They are not salesmen.

[Edited at 2014-09-28 11:50 GMT]


LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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please delete, sorry Sep 28, 2014


[Edited at 2014-09-28 11:54 GMT]


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