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Avram Noam Chomsky (1928–) is a theoretical linguist, philosopher, and social critic. His 1957 book, Syntactic Structures, proposed a theory of grammar that led to the transformation of the field of linguistics and has also been an important stimulus in the areas of education concerned with language acquisition. However, he is more popularly known as a political commentator and dissident who constructs detailed, evidence-driven critiques of the exercise of power by political elites, the mass media, corporate capitalism, and the state, often focusing on the foreign policy of the United States. This aspect of his work also has important implications for the curriculum and conduct of education. In sum, as a result of the range and influence of his thought, Chomsky has been described as ...

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