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Query Details


Query Subject:   Jakobson quote
Author:   Hartmut Haberland
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   Tue, 06 Jan 1998 23:39:31 +0100
Hartmut Haberland
hartmut@ruc.dk
Jakobson quote



Roman Jakobson is supposed to have said something like ''Languages
differ not so much in what they can say but in what they must say'' (in
the sense that some languages force you to make some choices - number
in nouns, aspect in verbs - which others are indifferent to). I have
quoted it myself, but cannot find the reference at the moment. Any
help out there?

Hartmut Haberland
LL Issue: 9.20
Date posted: 09-Jan-1998



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