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of the founders of the linguistic circle of Moscow and an influential participant of the poetry group Opoyaz, an acronym formed by the initial letters of the Russian words for the “society for the study of poetic language”. During his early career at the beginning of the twentieth century, he focused on the research of language from a purely formalistic point of view. At this point in time, Russian formalism was not yet a semiotic current; it dealt with questions of esthetics and the theory of literature. Jakobson later became a mem- ber of the linguistic