from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Jakobson, Roman 1896-1982. Russian-born American linguist. A founder of modern structural linguistics and modern phonology, he was particularly influential in the fields of Slavic languages, phonology, and poetics.

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  • n. United States linguist (born in Russia) noted for his description of the universals of phonology (1896-1982)


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  • This is to say that narrative is essentially an act of figuration: its function is not to represent, but neither is it wholly autotelic; rather it is figurative, a crafting of idiom at a level higher and more abstract even than extended metaphor, at the level of stories -- which exist to revise the code, in Jakobson's terms, to establish new mappings between code and context.

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  • Somewhere along the way, the expressions of aggression or affection directed at this subject or that -- "targeted on a context" in Jakobson's terminology -- become narratives of those subjects and their actions, their private affairs, their incidents of moral transgression, the ensuing complications and outcomes, all those intricate events we parse as beings and doings in a complex system of nouns and verbs, a representative language of true content rather than simply import and purpose.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Narrative's Function (3)

  • "I think the leadership is intent on keeping the relationship steady despite the arms sales," Linda Jakobson, the East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, said of China.

    Insight: Looming U.S. decision on Taiwan arms risks China rift

  • Lacan's contribution is mainly on Freudian psychoanalysis in the light of structural linguistics by Ferdinand de Saussure, and also structural linguistics of Jakobson, Russian linguistics, and he also used intensively philosophy, literature, arts and mathematics.

    Ehsan Azari Stanizai: Lacan and His Significance in Western Philosophy

  • Linda Jakobson , East Asia program director at Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy, said defense and regional security will need to be on the discussion list.

    Australia's Gillard to Push China on Human Rights

  • If we accept, with Jakobson, that an articulation has only one dominant function, we may then argue that the expressive and manipulative functions of narrative are, at best, subsidiary.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Narrative's Function (2)

  • In all of these cases we have what Jakobson calls the emotive function.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Narrative's Function (2)

  • In these cases we have what Jakobson calls the conative function, what other linguists refer to as the appellative, imperative or directive function.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Narrative's Function (2)

  • Jakobson, who joined Sony Music in 1999 and worked on Pressplay, says they fretted that a failure might give artists grounds for voiding contracts.

    Fortune’s Fool

  • I couldn't find the Jakobson article I needed to complete my argument in my first chapter today, but in my all-too-brief notes on the book On Translation Studies, here are some quotes from Derrida's Tower of Babel essay that resonate:

    Jakobson, meet Derrida


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