High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Robert B. Lees (9 July
1922- 6 December 1996) was an American linguist. Lees went to the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956 to work on its
machine translation project. He first came to notice with an
influential review of Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structures (1957),
and his 1960 book The Grammar of English Nominalizations. Lees was
later dismissed by Victor Yngve from his research position, as he
had wanted to continue working on straight linguistics rather than
on machine translation. He then enrolled in the electrical
engineering department at MIT, where he obtained his PhD in
linguistics. Lees was the first Head of the Department of
Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1965
to 1968. In 1969, Lees moved to Israel at the Tel Aviv University
and in 1970, he established the first linguistics department there.
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