The Sound Shape of Language

  title={The Sound Shape of Language},
  author={Henrik Birnbaum and Rom{\'a}n Jakobson and Linda R. Waugh},
"Reading this volume transported me back to Harvard and MIT lecture halls of the 1960s, where weekly Roman Jakobson would spellbind his audience (this reviewer included), developing his vision of language through impassioned exposition, deft and devastating allusions to critical literature, anecdotes with the force of parables, metaphors of mythic imagery, and above all else overriding verbal artistry: truly in his own phrase, 'In the poetry of grammar'. The Sound Shape of Language, his… Expand
Effacement Eclipsed: The Texture of Voice in Jaccottet's L’Ignorant
There is a “poethical” imperative in the work of Philippe Jaccottet—a determined “effacement” of the writing subject—that has led many critics to ignore the distinct texture of this poet's voice. TheExpand
The Namework of Ursula K. Le Guin
With its focus on sound and form in language, Sigmund Freud’s concept of jokework provides a useful analogy for studying invented names in fiction. This is especially true of a writer like Ursula K.Expand
Jakobson, Roman (1896–1982)
Roman Jakobson was one of the major linguists, literary theorists, and semioticians of the twentieth century, and one of its most creative minds. He contributed to linguistics major fundamentalExpand
An Interaction Theory
1. It is common practice in the interpretation and teaching of poetry that the interpreter "mobilizes" the sound effects of the poetic text to reinforce his argument on the poem's meaning. TheExpand
Linguistic Aspects of Sound Design for Theatre: A View from the Fringe
Although sound design is a well-established part of the toolkit for creating theatre, its function in creating meaning for performance texts is often overlooked in discussions of the relativeExpand
The effects of sound patterning in poetry: A cognitive pragmatic approach
Abstract In this article I posit a pragmatic model of how sound-patterning in poetry contributes to interpretation, with particular attention to the cognitive processes involved. The model is basedExpand
Roman Jakobson and the phonetics-phonology dichotomy
Abstract If one is to mention the one scholar who over the second half of this century has had the greatest impact on the way we talk about the relationship between phonetics and phonology, there isExpand
Problems of a Linguistic Problem: On Roman Jakobson’s Coloured Vowels
Sound symbolism is a linguistic concept that argues, despite Saussure’s (in)famous assertions to the contrary, that the link between signifier and signified is a necessary one. Roman Jakobson remainsExpand
On signing translation
Abstract 1. Setting the stage Dinda Gorlée’s seminal On Translating Signs (Rodopi 2004, hereafter OTS ) explores translation of texts under the guise of ‘semio-translation.’ In her previous book,Expand
Keats's to Autumn
contained simile that, as far as we know, Homer invented. The entire night before writing the sonnet, Keats and his friend and former teacher Charles Cowden Clarke had read aloud to one another “someExpand


Language: Its Nature, Development, and Origin
Book 1: History of Linguistic Science 1. Before 1800 2. Beginning of the nineteenth century 3. Middle of the nineteenth century 4. End of the nineteenth century Book 2: The Child 5. Sounds 6. WordsExpand
Hemispheric specialization for pitch and "tone": Evidence from Thai.
Abstract: In past dichotic listening studies, linguistic stimuli have shown a right ear advantage, implying left hemisphere dominance for language processing, while other stimuli incorporating pitchExpand
Functional Asymmetry of the Brain in Dichotic Listening
Summary This paper reviews the evidence relating lateral asymmetry in auditory perception to the asymmetrical functioning of the two hemispheres of the brain. Because each ear has greater neuralExpand
Identification versus Discrimination of Distinctive Features in Speech Perception
Dichotically presented CV syllables were presented to 24 normal subjects under two contrasting performance requirements: consonant identification and consonant discrimination and it was proposed that the results of the identification task reflect the degree of information load in short-term memory. Expand
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