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A linguist deaf to the poetic functions of language and a literary scholar indifferent to linguistics are equally flagrant anachronisms.
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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

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

— Roman Jakobson

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

— 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

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

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

— Roman Jakobson

Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey.

— Roman Jakobson

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