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2012-10-29 11:22:40

BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States has just faced the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, so what happens when a growing economic inequality in America bears heavily on its people? A new short film directed by Celik Kayalar, featuring Noam Chomsky in his first non-documentary film, and the veteran film and tv actor Carl Lumbly, titled 99%, asks viewers to contemplate that very question. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121029/SF01672)...

2012-06-12 06:29:59

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Noam Chomsky: It is heartening to hear that the exposition of facts on the publicly available web site, http://www.inventorofemail.com is helping the public validate that a 14-year-old boy invented email in 1978, while working in Newark, NJ. What continue to be deplorable are the childish tantrums of industry insiders who now believe that by creating confusion on the case of "email", they can distract...

2011-05-13 15:16:05

Parents know the unparalleled joy and wonder of hearing a beloved child's first words turn quickly into whole sentences and then babbling paragraphs. But how human children acquire language-which is so complex and has so many variations-remains largely a mystery. Fifty years ago, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky proposed an answer: Humans are able to learn language so quickly because some knowledge of grammar is hardwired into our brains. In other words, we know some of the most...

2010-06-03 14:30:00

NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In benefit of The Riverside Church's Mission and Social Justice Ministry to Benefit Haiti Relief, renowned author Noam Chomsky will discuss the ongoing problems confronting Haiti in the wake of the earthquake catastrophe on Tuesday, June 8, 3:00 p.m. at The Riverside Church, South Hall, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. At the event, Chomsky will share his insights regarding the ongoing problems confronting the...

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2006-04-26 14:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The simplest grammar, long thought to be one of the skills that separate man from beast, can be taught to a common songbird, new research suggests. Starlings learned to differentiate between a regular birdsong "sentence" and one containing a clause or another sentence of warbling, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature. It took University of California at San Diego psychology researcher Tim Gentner a month and about 15,000 training attempts, with food as a reward, to...