Re: Chomsky, rain and ice cubes

From: Micheal Palmer (
Date: Thu May 15 1997 - 23:20:06 EDT

I wrote:

>> I would like to address a common misperception of Chomsky's work which
>> *seems* to be reflected here. Chomsky (long ago) proposed a distinction
>> between deep structure and surface structure (which he has sense rejected)
>> in a very specific grammatical sense. The assumptions of dynamic
>> equivalence are 'based on' that distinction in about as direct a way as ice
>> cubes are based on thunder storms. (Thunder storms bring water. Ice cubes
>> are made of water.)

And Paul Zellmer responded:

>But thunderstorms are often the source of ice in the form of hail ;^>

Well... I guess I stand corrected. :-)

Micheal W. Palmer
Religion & Philosophy
Meredith College

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