Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring 2008
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.