Waylaid Dialectic

November 8, 2021

Dream times…

Filed under: Random Musings — terence @ 2:07 pm

Last night I dreamed I was back in Canberra, on campus. A new PhD wunderkind in my school gave a much anticipated talk claiming to have refuted Chomskian linguistics from a post-structuralist perspective. Anthropologists were going wild in the audience. (The dream was  paying no heed to the fact my school is staffed with economists and dry public policy types.) But then…Noam Chomsky himself raised his hand in question time, and delivered a devastating response! which I couldn’t understand, because nothing stays sensible long in dreams, and I’m not a linguist afterall. From there, things descended into hazy, dreamy chaos.

1 Comment

  1. This is so brilliant that I am tempted to use the (dusty old) “Share to Facebook” button to do just that.

    But I’m friends with too many wunderkinds who will treat it as a personal rebuke.

    Sorry that your dream dies with me*

    *While presumably living on in a data centre somewhere in Iceland

    Comment by Tim Helm — November 9, 2021 @ 10:51 am


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