Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst.
Lecture, January 1970, delivered at Loyola University, Chicago. “Language and Freedom,” published in For Reasons of State (1973).