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Roman Jakobson Quotes and Sayings

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Every linguistic sign is located on two axes:
the axis of simultaneity and that of succession.
- Roman Jakobson

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.
- Roman Jakobson

Linguistic sounds, considered as external,
physical phenomena have two aspects,
the motor and the acoustic.
- Roman Jakobson

In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value,
this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates
a sort of accompaniment to the signified.
- Roman Jakobson

 

Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited,
classified and explained except in the light of the
tasks which they perform in language.
- Roman Jakobson

A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic
sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.
- Roman Jakobson

Of course, we have known for a long time that a word,
like any verbal sign, is a unity of two components.
- Roman Jakobson

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When I speak it is in order to be heard.
- Roman Jakobson

Now the identification of individual sounds by phonetic
observation is an artificial way of proceeding.
- Roman Jakobson

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.
- Roman Jakobson

At first acoustics attributed to the different sounds
only a limited number of characteristic features.
- Roman Jakobson

From a strictly articulatory point of view there is no succession of sounds.
- Roman Jakobson

Instead of following one another the sounds overlap;
a sound which is acoustically perceived as coming after
another one can be articulated simultaneously with
the latter or even in part before it.
- Roman Jakobson

For example, 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, etc.
- Roman Jakobson

Acoustic phonetics, which is developing and increasing
in richness very rapidly,
already enables us to solve many of the mysteries of sound,
mysteries which motor phonetics could not even begin to solve.
- Roman Jakobson

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.
- Roman Jakobson

The task is to investigate speech sounds in relation
to the meanings with which they are invested,
i.e., sounds viewed as signifiers, and above all to
throw light on the structure of the relation between sounds and meaning.
- Roman Jakobson

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.
- Roman Jakobson

The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax,
are fascinating: how important connotation is,
what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.
- Marilyn Hacker

Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.
- Paul de Man

If we ask a vague question, such as,
'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer,
such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,'
or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
- A. R. Ammons

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic,
philosophical preoccupation...
discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate,
elementary experience.
- Robert Morgan

Logical positivists have never taken psychology into
account in their epistemology,
but they affirm that logical beings and mathematical
beings are nothing but linguistic structures.
- Jean Piaget

Intended to serve as an introduction to both the linguistic
and also the practical study of spoken English.
- Henry Sweet

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.
- Jean Piaget

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism,
and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation
who went to war against fascism.
- P. D. James

Why does everyone cling to the masculine imagery and
pronouns even though they are a mere linguistic device
that has never meant that God is male?
- Carol P. Christ

If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory,
then, obviously, the only possible link between the
objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure,
and structure alone.
- Alfred Korzybski

Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language,
that is in the philosophical debate.
Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.
- Robert Fripp

In general, the philological movement opened up countless
sources relevant to linguistic issues,
treating them in quite a different spirit from traditional grammar;
for instance,
the study of inscriptions and their language.
But not yet in the spirit of linguistics.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Literature that keeps employing new linguistic and
formal modes of expression to draft a panorama of society
as a whole while at the same time exposing it,
tearing the masks from its face - for me that would
be deserving of an award.
- Elfriede Jelinek

No important national language, at least in the Occidental world,
has complete regularity of grammatical structure,
nor is there a single logical category which is adequately
and consistently handled in terms of linguistic symbolism.
- Edward Sapir

In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of
the word experience have been perceived,
with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
- Bertrand Russell

A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
- Herman Melville

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic,
is always a revolt against artifice,
a revolt,
in a sense, against actuality.
- James Joyce

The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.
- William O. Douglas

To me art is a form of manifest revolt,
total and complete.
- Jean Tinguely

On one level the sixties revolt was an impressive illustration
of Lenin's remark that the capitalist will sell you
the rope to hang him with.
- Ellen Willis

We oppose occupation of land by force and we believe
in dialogue as the method for regaining Arab rights.
This is the spirit of the Great Arab Revolt.
- King Hussein I

By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other,
they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side;
on the other,
vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
- James Madison

Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed
by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
- Karl Marx

The general revolt of a Nation cannot be called a Rebellion.
- Algernon Sydney

This writer, and all others of his stamp,
should remember that the colonies are now in a state
of revolt and rebellion against their rightful sovereign.
- James Chalmers

A civilization which leaves so large a number of its
participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt
neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
- Sigmund Freud

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal,
and equals that they may be superior.
Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
- Aristotle

The young are generally full of revolt,
and are often pretty revolting about it.
- Mignon McLaughlin

All art is a revolt against man's fate.
- Andre Malraux

Empires won by conquest have always fallen either by
revolt within or by defeat by a rival.
- John Boyd Orr

It is not actual suffering but the taste of better
things which excites people to revolt.
- Eric Hoffer

Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible
does not give rise to revolt but to submission.
- Simone Weil

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology,
of the phantom of God.
As long as we have a master in heaven,
we will be slaves on earth.
- Mikhail Bakunin

We must not, however, be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who,
in their eagerness to get rid of the husk of convention,
disregarded also the humane aspiration.
- Irving Babbitt

I, for one, hope that youth will again revolt and again
demoralize the dead weight of conformity that now lies upon us.
- Howard Mumford Jones

Periodically, the workers do revolt against bourgeois society,
not by a hundred, five hundred, or a thousand,
but by the millions.
- Ernest Mandel

I am interested in anything about revolt,
disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning.
It seems to me to be the road toward freedom...
Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach
the mental through the physical.
- Jim Morrison

Everything, everything in war is barbaric...
But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men
collectively to commit acts against which individually
they would revolt with their whole being.
- Ellen Key

What began as a revolt in response to the King of Great
Britain's repeated injuries against the colonies,
soon became a passionate and glorious call to fight
for the beginnings of a new country.
- John Linder

To revolt is a natural tendency of life.
Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it.
In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an
animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.
- Mikhail Bakunin

In revolt against this new and very evil thing came
the republicanism of the eighteenth century,
inspired and directed in large measure by members of
the fast perishing aristocracy of race,
character and tradition.
- Ralph A. Cram

To judge from all Communist papers, magazines and brochures,
and from all public assemblies, one might even surmise
that a revolt of the poor peasants in Western Europe
might break out at any moment!
- Herman Gorter

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

The history of art is the history of revivals.
- Samuel Butler


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