Roman Jakobson Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

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From 1896 to 1992, this man of similar enjoyed words has a legacy in the communication sciences inspiring many. Having a structural hierarchy of distinctive features leaves a mark on anthropology. Coining the Markedness of a normal linguist unit against one or more irregular forms, Plays on the role of language acquisition and loss.

  • “A linguist deaf to the poetic functions of language and a literary scholar indifferent to linguistics are equally flagrant anachronisms.”
  • Bilingualism is for me the fundamental problem of linguistics
  • “Semantics, or the study of meaning, remained undeveloped, while phonetics made rapid progress and even came to occupy the central place in the scientific study of language.”
  • “The poetic function is the set towards the message itself, focus on the message for its own sake which by promoting the palpability of signs, deepens the fundamental dichotomy of signs and objects.”
  • Linguistic sounds, considered as external, physical phenomena have two aspects, the motor and the acoustic.”
  • “Remember that the pharynx is at a crossroads from which leads off, at the top, the passage to the mouth cavity and the passage to the nasal cavity, and below, the passage to the larynx.”
  • “Every linguistic sign is located on two axes: the axis of simultaneity and that of succession.”
  • “Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited, classified and explained except in the light of the tasks which they perform in language.”
  • “Now the identification of individual sounds by phonetic observation is an artificial way of proceeding.”
  • “The search for the symbolic value of phonemes, each taken as a whole, runs the risk of giving rise to ambiguous and trivial interpretations because phonemes are complex entities, bundles of different distinctive features.”
  • “It is once again the vexing problem of identity within variety; without a solution to this disturbing problem there can be no system, no classification.”
  • “What’s next? Shall we appoint elephants to teach zoology?”
  • “A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.”
  • “The opposition between acute and grave phonemes has the capacity to suggest an image of bright and dark, of pointed and rounded, of thin and thick, of light and heavy.”

Referential, poetry, emotive interjection, conative, phatic and metalinguals is a process defined in the video below and something he is most known for. Another 20th-century literary theorist of the past is worthy of being named on this website. Even if his stuff was dimensionally reflective, it is of the highest level of semantics then and an arguable right now.

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