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Roman Jakobson in Retrospect

Unvarnished remembrances of a stiff-necked student

Michael Shapiro
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies

Abstract

An aperçu of the early years (1961–1965) in the life of a working scholar with a lasting record of achievement that touches on many details in the fraught relations between Roman Jakobson and the author, one of his most outstanding students. The account of these peripeteia, framed in cultural as well as biographical terms, provides an unusual insight into the sociology of knowledge as it pertains to the development of linguistics and semiotics in the twentieth century.

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Appendix 1. Publications of Michael Shapiro in semeiotic neostructuralism

Books/monographs (authored and/or edited volumes)

1. Aspects of Russian morphology: A semiotic investigation. Cambridge, Mass.: Slavica, 1969. Pp. 62.

2. Asymmetry: An inquiry into the linguistic structure of poetry. North-Holland Linguistic Series, 26. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1976. Pp. xiv, 231.

3. Hierarchy and the structure of tropes [coauthor, Marianne Shapiro]. Studies in Semiotics, 8. Bloomington: Indiana University, 1976. Pp. v, 37.

4. Structure and content: Essays in applied semiotics [coauthor, Marianne Shapiro]. Monographs, Working Papers and Prepublications of the Toronto Semiotic Circle, 1979/No. 2. Toronto: Victoria University, 1979. Pp. 69.

5. The sense of grammar: Language as semeiotic. Advances in Semiotics.Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983. Pp. xiv, 236.

6. Figuration in verbal art [coauthor, Marianne Shapiro]. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988. Pp. xv, 286.

7. The sense of change: Language as history. Advances in Semiotics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. Pp. xiv, 146.

8. Editor, The Peirce seminar papers: An annual of semiotic analysis, Vol. 1. Providence: Berg Publishers, 1993. Pp. 141.

9. Editor, The Peirce seminar papers: An annual of semiotic analysis, Vol. 2. Providence: Berghahn Books, 1994. Pp. 259.

10. Editor, The Peirce seminar papers: Essays in semiotic analysis, Vol. 3.New York: Peter Lang, 1998. Pp. viii, 123.

11. The sense of form in literature and language [coauthor, Marianne Shapiro]. Semaphores and Signs. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. Pp. viii, 215.

12. Editor, The Peirce seminar papers: Essays in semiotic analysis, Vol. 4. New York: Berghahn Books, 1999. Pp. xii, 637.

13. Editor, The Peirce seminar papers: Essays in semiotic analysis, Vol. 5. New York: Berghahn Books, 2002. Pp. vi, 224.

14. The sense of form in literature and language [coauthor, Marianne Shapiro]. 2nd, expanded edn. Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace, 2009. Pp. xxi, 373.

15. The speaking self: Language lore and English usage. Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace, 2012. Pp. xix, 303.

16. The speaking self: Language lore and English usage. Second Edition. Springer Texts in Education. New York: Springer Nature, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 517.

Chapters in books

1. Markedness and distinctive feature hierarchies, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress of Linguists, II, ed. Luigi Heilmann, 775–781. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1974.

2. Markedness as a criterion of phonemicity, Phonologica 1972, ed. Wolfgang U. Dressler and František Mareš, 49–54. Munich: Fink, 1975.

3. On the coherence of derivational relations, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Linguists, ed. Wolfgang U. Dressler et al., 459–462. Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, 1978.

4. The structure of meaning in semiotic perspective, Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed. Elizabeth C. Traugott et al., 53–59. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1980.

5. Peirce’s interpretant from the perspective of linguistic theory, Proceedings of the C. S. Peirce Bicentennial International Congress (Graduate Studies, Texas Tech University, 23), ed. Kenneth L. Ketner et al., 313–318. Lubbock: Texas Tech Press, 1981.

6. Semiosis and (poetic) value, Axia: Davis Symposium on Literary Evaluation (Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik, 94), ed. Karl Menges and Daniel Rancour-Laferriere, 51–60. Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag, 1981.

7. Dois paralogismos da poética, O discurso da poesia [The discourse of poetry], 69–94. Coimbra: Livraria Almedian, 1982 [Portuguese translation of #c. 6].

8. Remarks on the nature of the autotelic sign, Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics 1982, ed. Heidi Byrnes, 101–111. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 982.

9. The evaluative component in a theory of poetic language, Russian Poetics (UCLA Slavic Studies, 4), ed. Thomas Eekman and Dean S. Worth, 353–369. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1983.

10. The meaning of meter, Russian Verse Theory (UCLA Slavic Studies, 18), ed. Barry Scherrand Dean S. Worth, 331–349. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1989.

11. On a universal criterion of rule coherence, Contemporary morphology, ed. Wolfgang U. Dressler et al., 25–34. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1990.

12. Drift as an organic outcome of type, Historical linguistics 1989. Papers from the 9th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 106), ed. Henk Aertsen and Robert J. Jeffers, 449–456. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1993.

13. History as theory: One linguist’s view, Peirce and contemporary thought: Philosophical inquiries, ed. Kenneth L. Ketner, 304–311. New York: Fordham University Press, 1995.

14. A few remarks on Jakobson as a student of Peirce, The Peirce seminar papers, Vol. 3, 1998. 1–10.

15. Markedness, causation, and linguistic change: A semiotic perspective, Actualization: Linguistic change in progress, ed. Henning Andersen, 187–202. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2001.

16. Aspects of a neo-Peircean linguistics: Language history as linguistic theory, The Peirce seminar papers, Vol. 5, 2002. 108–125.

17. Sapir’s concept of drift in semiotic perspective, Edward Sapir: Critical assessments of leading linguists, ed. E. F. K. Koerner, II, 107–119. London: Routledge, 2007 [rpt. of #c. 16].

18. Paradox: Theme and semiotic variations, Semiotics 2014: The semiotics of paradox (SSA Yearbook, 2), ed. Jamin Pelkey et al., 1–28. Ottawa: Legas, 2015.

Refereed journal articles

1. Explorations into markedness, Language 48, 1972. 343–364.

2. Tenues and mediae in Japanese: A reinterpretation, Papers in Japanese Linguistics 2, 1973. 48-65.

3. Morphophonemics as semiotic, Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 15, 1974. 29–49.

4. Tenues and mediae in Japanese: A reinterpretation, Lingua 33, 1974. 101–114 [revised version of #c.2].

5. Alternative feature ranking as a source of phonological change, Scando-Slavica 20, 1974. 117–128.

6. Sémiotique de la rime [The semiotics of rhyme], Poétique 20, 1974. 501–519.

7. Deux paralogismes de la poétique [Two paralogisms of poetics], Poétique 28, 1976.423–439.

8. Toward a global theory of style (A Peircean exposé), Ars Semeiotica 3, 1980. 141–147.

9. Russian conjugation: Theory and hermeneutic, Language 56, 1980. 67–93.

10. Poetry and language, ‘considered as semeiotic,’ Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 16, 1980. 97–117.

11. Signs, marks, and diacritics, International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics 31/32, 1985. 375–384.

12. Teleology, semeiosis, and linguistic change, Diachronica 2, 1985. 1–34.

13. The Russian system of stress, Russian Linguistics 10, 1986.183–204.

14. Style as figuration, Stanford Literature Review 3, 1986. 195–211.

15. Sapir’s concept of drift in semiotic perspective, Semiotica 67, 1987. 159–171.

16. Dynamic interpretants and grammar, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 24, 1988. 123–130.

17. Presidential address: The boundary question, The American Journal of Semiotics 10, 1993. 5–26.

18. A case of distant assimilation: /str/ → /∫tr/, American Speech 70, 1995. 101–107.

19. Structural analogies and the sign function in Dostoevsky, Elementa 2, 1995. 131–146.

20. Broad and flat A in marked words, American Speech 72, 1997. 437–439.

21. The change of government of commit ‘pledge/bind oneself,’ American Speech 74, 1999. 333–336.

22. The clitic -uva (< of a), American Speech 76, 2001. 219–221.

23. The reduplicative copula IS IS [co-author, Michael C. Haley], American Speech 77, 2002. 305–312.

24. Is an icon iconic? Language 84, 2008. 815–819.

Non-refereed journal articles

1. Observations on the Russian case system, Linguistics 69, 1971. 81–86.

2. Markedness and Russian stress, Linguistics 72, 1971. 61–77.

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