ESL job interview question: What do you know about Chomsky?

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Avram Noam Chomsky (born in 1928) is a Jewish American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, author of many books and political activist. He made contributions to linguistics, psychology and computer science. In the academic community he is known as ‘the father of modern linguistics.’ 

His theory of generative grammar has had a profound influence on linguistics. At present Chomsky resides in Lexington, Massachusetts. He travels much, gives lectures on politics.