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Forty-Four Reasons
Why the Chomskians Are Mistaken

Reasons 25—27

25. Robins, Koerner, and others have observed that throughout history, linguistic theories have veered between two extreme views. One is called "analogy" and assumes that the similarities between languages far outweigh their differences, the other, "anomaly," favors the notion that the differences outweigh the similarities. Seen from this perspective, TGG, with its emphasis on "universal grammar" and "innateness," represents the absolute extreme of the "analogist" position. On these grounds alone it can be seen as an unbalanced approach, and the time is more than ripe for a movement back towards the "anomalist" point of view.

26. The highly dubious scholarship of these savants in so many different realms—ancient Greek language study, medieval linguistics, Port-Royal grammars, statistical analysis—as itemized in studies by Hall, Herdan, Aarsleff, Dostert, Koerner, and others.

27. Their even more dubious claim to being scientists, especially during a time when the undeniable reality of the literature they have produced has moved ever closer to the style and content of French literary criticism. It is not altogether surprising that TGG would take such a direction, since Chomskianism may have more in common—as has already been noted—with "creationism" than it has with any science.

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