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OT: Roman Jakobson (was: Does every language family contain one with "ma-" "da-" "ta-" words for parents?

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Thursday, May 11, 2006, 19:40
David Peterson wrote:
> Well, since you brought him up, I've got to share my Jakobson > story.
> > Jakobson: "Ah. Phonetically, [tSik]; phonologically, /pA/." >
LOL. Another bit of (apocryphal?) Jakobsoniana: When RJ was new on the Harvard faculty, he was assigned to teach the course on "Russian Literature in Translation". All went well for a few weeks, but gradually he began to quote from the works in Russian, just a bit at first, then longer and longer passages. Finally a group of annoyed students screwed up their courage and approached him. "Sir, please stop quoting in Russian. After all, this is supposed to be "in translation", and we don't understand Russian." At which Jakobson smiled benignly and said, "Try..."