Books by Noam Chomsky
In 1965, after Chomsky had already been well-established, he published two completely different landmark books. American Power and the New Mandarins is a deeply well-thought-out and insightful criticism of US foreign policy in Vietnam and Aspects of the Theory of Syntax is by any measurement an absolutely beautiful, astounding work of genius. It has made Chomsky, in most people’s minds – not in mine but in most – the most important linguist of probably all time
Interviews where books by Noam Chomsky were recommended
When you study the philosophy of language, you study the languages of logic, mathematics, and science, and not just English, French, and German. Philosopher Scott Soames picks the best books on the philosophy of language.
Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech
by Edward Sapir
Language In Relation To A Unified Theory Of The Structure Of Human Behaviour
by Kenneth Pike
Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
by Noam Chomsky
On Understanding Grammar
by Talmy Givón
Making It Explicit: Reasoning, Representing & Discursive Commitment
by Robert Brandom
The linguist argues that all language has a basis in culture and explains how Chomsky is like Freud: crucial, but crucially wrong. He chooses five of the best books on linguistics.
Which linguistics books give a good sense of what the field is about? David Adger, Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London and the current president of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, recommends some of his own favourite books on the science of language, including a sci-fi novel.