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Chomskybot

The Chomskybot is a descendant of another program called froggy (which originally generated fake managerese) that generates fake paragraphs which appear similar to those in the corpus of Noam Chomsky's works, but which in truth are utterly devoid of all meaning.

An example of the work of the Chomskybot is included below:

For any transformation which is sufficiently diversified in application to be of any interest, most of the methodological work in modern linguistics is not to be considered in determining a corpus of utterance tokens upon which conformity has been defined by the paired utterance test. By combining adjunctions and certain deformations, the theory of syntactic features developed earlier may remedy and, at the same time, eliminate the system of base rules exclusive of the lexicon. Clearly, the fundamental error of regarding functional notions as categorial is unspecified with respect to an abstract underlying order. Furthermore, the notion of level of grammaticalness is to be regarded as the extended c-command discussed in connection with (34). Presumably, relational information appears to correlate rather closely with the levels of acceptability from fairly high (eg (99a)) to virtual gibberish (eg (98d)).

Chomskybot operates as follows: it always generates five sentences to a paragraph; each sentence contains a fixed number of parts for all such sentences; for each of the abovementioned parts there are a number of alternatives; it randomly chooses alternatives to so construct sentences and paragraphs; furthermore, the author of the alternatives constructs them in such a way that every possible combination thereof is gramatical (although obviously semantically incoherent.)



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