Grammar/semantics – form/meaning
In one of his books, the famous linguist Noam Chomsky (2002, p. 15) coined the following sentence:
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
Is the meaning of each individual word understandable? Why? Is the grammatical structure of the sentence correct? Why?
What does this sentence tell us about the role of grammar? What about the role of semantics?
Chomsky, A.N. (2002). Syntactic structures (2nd ed.). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.