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Forum Philosophicum

Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring 2008

Aleksandra Derra
Pages 83-101

Explicit and Implicit Assumptions in Noam Chomsky's Theory of Language

The author identifies selected implicit or not fully explicit assumptions made by Noam Chomsky in his theory of language. Through a careful examination of Chomsky's work, she aims to present the solutions this linguist proposes with respect to two fundamental questions: the question of methodology and the question of the ontological status of language. After reviewing the central theses of Chomsky's theory in the first part of the paper, she tums to the question that is mentioned in the title of this paper, that is, the reservations regarding the assumptions underlying Chomsky's work.