Meaning of Chomskyan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃɒmskɪən/


  • Relating to or characteristic of the linguistic theories of Noam Chomsky, especially those concerning generative grammar.

    ‘Chomskyan ideas about an innate language faculty’
    • ‘This can be seen to follow from the fact that the standard Chomskyan theory views control in a narrow, syntactic sense.’
    • ‘Over the years, Chomskyan linguistics has become increasingly abstract.’
    • ‘He has merged Chomskyan ideas about an innate language faculty with the Darwinian theory of adaptation and natural selection.’
    • ‘The book is an interesting read too, though the author is a bit too Chomskyan for my taste.’
    • ‘As a Chomskyan linguist I would argue in favour of an ethical system based on our own innate ethics.’