Re: Levi-Strauss and Chomsky

David M. Smith (dsmith3@D.UMN.EDU)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 10:57:22 -0600

I think your correct. I also recall reading somewhere that Chomsky did
not find the work of L-S relevant to his own. In fact, if I recall
correctly, he didn't find L-S very relevant to anything.

On Sat, 9 Dec 1995, Matthew S. Tomaso wrote:

> 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?
> peace
> Matt
> Matt Tomaso.
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