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Query:   Chomsky quote source
Author:  Sean Dimond (S&T Onsite)
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Philosophy of Language

Summary:   SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE RESPONDED TO MY QUERY TO THIS LIST, AND AFTER A
FEW DAYS OF INTERNET RESEARCH AND EMAILING WITH A FEW COLLEAGUES AND
FOLLOWERS OF NC, I HAVE HAD NO DEFINITIVE ANSWER AS TO WHETHER OR NOT
NC ACTUALLY 'SAID' THAT A DIVINE POWER GAVE US LANGUAGE IN THAT SINGLE
INSPIRED STROKE... AND WHIILE SOME HAVE HINTED THAT THE NC 'COULD' OF
SAID IT, MOST EVERYONE HAS AGREED THAT NC WOULD *NEVER* OF SAID THIS
AND MEANT IT IN ANY LITERAL SENSE.

I EMAILED TIME MAGAZINE AND MY RESPONSE FROM AN EDITOR SAID THAT THE
CNN.COM QUOTE WAS MERELY A CHARACTERIZATION OF A NEWS ARTICLE, DEC. 5,
1998, TITLED

LL Issue: 10.85
Date Posted: 19-Jan-1999
Original Query: Read original query