His findings are challenging long-held linguistic theories … championed by linguistics heavyweight Noam Chomsky.The transcript up at NPR was automatically done, I hope: It had "linguistics heavyweight known Chomsky." But something about calling Chomsky a heavyweight strikes me as wrong — it doesn't work. Wouldn't you say intellectual giant or something? Heavyweight has a bad ring to it here. This collocation shows up pretty often, and it looks like often (usually?) in negative contexts.
Monday, April 09, 2007
So, NPR's thing on the Everett controversy (see below if you didn't read it) included this:
Posted by Mr. Verb at 10:10 AM