I happened upon this on r/asklinguistics that, being 9 months old, has time-barred comments. I've a shade rectified some mistakes and rewritten it.
Noam Chomsky, in some interview, said that scholars in the 19th or even 18th century decided that French would be the language of science and English the language of literature.
Where did Chomsky contend this?
Why did these scholars reckon that French befits science, rather than English?
And why English for literature, and not e.g.German or Italian?