The Trust

Established in 19xx, the Roman Jakobson Trust’s mission is to administer the Jakobson estate and to promote the study of his work.


waughProf. Linda R. Waugh, University of Arizona, Executive Director

Linda Waugh is professor in the Departments of French & Italian and English at the University of Arizona, and an affiliate of the Departments of Linguistics, Anthropology, and Language, Reading and Culture. She is currently Chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). She is past president of the Semiotic Society of America, and is currently Executive Director of the Roman Jakobson Intellectual Trust. Before coming to the University of Arizona in 2000, she taught at Cornell University for many years and while at Cornell was Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. She is both a French linguist and a general linguist, as well as a semiotician. Her main interests are in the function of linguistic structures (of all types), in the discourse-pragmatics of language, in written textual analysis (including journalistic and narrative texts), spoken discourse analysis (she has supervised the gathering of corpora for spoken French and American English), corpus linguistics, applied linguistics, grammatical and lexical semantics, history of linguistics, semiotics, and in the way language is integrated with other socio-cultural (semiotic) systems by which humans communicate and make sense of our world.

holenstein Prof. Elmar Holenstein, ETH Zürich

Elmar Holenstein earned his doctorate at the University of Leuven in 1970 with a dissertation on the phenomenology of prelinguistic experience and completed his habilitation in 1976 at the University of Zurich with a book on the phenomenological structuralism of Roman Jakobson. He has held various teaching and research positions, including lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Zurich (1973-74), research fellow at the Husserl Archive in Leuven (1971-73), and researcher at Harvard University (1973-74), the University of Hawaii (1974), and the Institute for Linguistics, University of Cologne (1975-77). From 1977 to 1990, he was Professor of Philosophy at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, and from 1990 to 2002, Full Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Since his retirement in 2002, Professor Holenstein has lived in Yokohama, Japan, and is still very active in research. His recent work has focused mainly on philosophical psychology (the mind-body problem, the relations between experience, language and thought, and the contrast between natural and artificial intelligence) and cultural philosophy (intercultural invariants and intracultural variations, and the role of geography in the history of philosophy and the sciences).

Prof. Stephen Rudy (1949 – 2003)

Stephen Rudy was associate professor of Russian and Slavic languages at New York University. He was a specialist in Russian 19th and 20th century literature, poetics and literary theory and in semiotics, the study of signs and symbols. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian in 1971 from Wesleyan University and a master’s and doctorate from Yale University. He compiled and edited a bibliography of the Russian Futurist Roman Jakobson and was a translator of Jakobson’s “My Futurist Years.” He also edited critical texts of Dostoevsky and Gogol and collaborated on articles about semiotics in the Soviet Union.