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Language in Literature

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"Roman Jakobson was one of the great minds of the modern world," Edward J. Brown has written, "and the effects of his genius have been felt in many fields: linguistics, semiotics, art, structural anthropology, and, of course, literature." At every stage in his odyssey from Moscow to Prague to Denmark and then to the United States, he formed collaborative efforts that chang ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Belknap Press (first published 1988)
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Και λιγο στα αγγλικά . Η επανάληψη μήτηρ πάσας μαθησεως
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Apr 29, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Roman Jakobson views poetics as a part of linguistics. The functions of language are several, including: referential in the sense of cognitive or denotative purpose; emotive as expressive of the speaker's attitude; conative in the imperative sense; phatic as dialogue is used to prolong communication; metalingual as foundational for and outside discourse; and, poetic by focusing on the message for its own sake. In Jakobson's view one can say that the meaning collapses into the form. The mental im ...more
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Oct 14, 2014 Ibtihal Mahmood rated it really liked it
Shelves: linguistics, theory
Jakobson writes in a way that is easy to follow and understand. In this book, Jakobson presents an argument that helped me broaden my view of linguistic as well as poetic functions. It also provided me with a better understanding of the not-so-popular theoretical paradigm of "structuralism" in relation to semiotics.
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May 28, 2012 Tsun Lu rated it really liked it
I am not poetry critic, but I am very convinced by Jakobson's notion of 'poetic function' in relation to linguistics and phonology. It is useful in analyzing Hebrew poetry in the Bible.
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Roman Osipovich Jakobson was a Russian linguist, formalist, and literary theorist.

As a pioneer of the structural analysis of language, which became the dominant trend of twentieth-century linguistics, Jakobson was among the most influential linguists of the century. Influenced by the work of Ferdinand de Saussure, Jakobson developed, with Nikolai Trubetzkoy, techniques for the analysis of sound sy
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