Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A Note and Query
An old course blog just got a hit for “rape of the lock modern english version.”
In this interview with Chomsky, he remarks, “In America, the professor talks to the mechanic. They are in the same category.” So, why can Chomsky’s American academic talk with a mechanic but not William Deresiewicz’s with a plumber?
Because Deresiewicz is talking about the small subset of academics who are products of the Ivy League, whereas Chomsky is not. Perhaps you need these texts in modern English versions.
Chomsky would have to be the first member of the set he describes, so, unless you don’t count U Penn, you need to think again.