Re: Levi-Strauss and Chomsky

Matthew S. Tomaso (Tomaso@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU)
Sat, 9 Dec 1995 11:38:37 -0600

If I'm not wildly incorrect, Levi-Strauss may have been expounding Chomskian
ideas about what L-S calls deep structure before Chomsky entered high
school. Asdiwhal anyone? Maybe _The Savage Mind_?
Saussure is the clearest derivation of L-S' version of structuralism I can
find. And in _Structural Anthropology_ if I remember correctly, L-S says
quite plainly that hisversion of anthropology IS structural linguistics
applied to teh analysis of meaning. Any reason to distrust him?

Matt Tomaso.
Anthropology. University of Texas at Austin.
Phone/Fax 512-453-6256