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Fundamentals of Language

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"Jakobson and Halle's initial statement of the principles of linguistic organization should be made available to all future generations of linguists. It builds a solid foundation for Saussurean thinking about linguisic oppositions and establishes distinctive feature theory as the basis of their formal treatment."
Prof. Dr. William Labov, University of Pennsylvania, Departm
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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published January 18th 2002 by Walter de Gruyter (first published 1956)
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Petre
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first part "Phonology and phonetics" is technical and difficult to read, but the second part "Two aspects of language and two types of aphasic disturbances" is very powerful and provides us with fresh new insights into nature and structure of language, literature, painting and human behavior in general, describing two fundamental poles: Metaphor (similarity, paradigm, selection) and Metonymy (contiguity, syntagm, combination).
Gary Bruff
I found this book to be entirely satisfying, which is not something I typically say about a linguistics book. This little gem is tiny, under 100 pages, but covers a lot of ground. Herein you can find the locus classicus of many fundamental ideas about how language works and how best to analyze its inner workings.

The book is divided into two sections. The first (co-authored with Morris Halle) charts the relationship between phonetics and phonology. This phonology part is pre-generative, although
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