Writings In General Linguistics

Hardcover | August 1, 2006

byFerdinand De SaussureEditorSimon Bouquet, Rudolf Engler

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Ferdinand de Saussure's Cours de linguistique generale was posthumously composed by his students from the notes they had made at his lectures. The book became one of the most influential works of the twentieth century, giving direction to modern linguistics and inspiration to literary andcultural theory. Before he died Saussure told friends he was writing up the lectures himself but no evidence of this was found. Eighty years later in 1996 a manuscript in Saussure's hand was discovered in the orangerie of his family house in Geneva. This proved to be the missing original of thegreat work. It is published now in English for the first time in an edition edited by Simon Bouquet and Rudolf Engler, and translated and introduced by Carol Sanders and Matthew Pires, all leading Saussure scholars. The book includes an earlier discovered manuscript on the philosophy of language,Saussure's own notes for lectures, and a comprehensive bibliography of major work on Saussure from 1970 to 2004. It is remarkable that for eighty years the understanding of Saussure's thought has depended on an incomplete and non-definitive text, the sometimes aphoristic formulations of which gave rise to many creative interpretations and arguments for and against Saussure. Did he, or did he not, see languageas a-social and a-historical? Did he, or did he not, rule out the study of speech within linguistics? Was he a reductionist? These disputes and many others can now be resolved on basis of the work now published. This reveals new depth and subtetly in Saussure's thoughts on the nature and complexworkings of language, particularly his famous binary oppositions between form and meaning, the sign and what is signified, and language (langue) and its performance (parole).

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Ferdinand de Saussure's Cours de linguistique generale was posthumously composed by his students from the notes they had made at his lectures. The book became one of the most influential works of the twentieth century, giving direction to modern linguistics and inspiration to literary andcultural theory. Before he died Saussure told fr...

Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) was professor at the University of Geneva (1901-13). Memoire sur le systeme primitif des voyelles dans les langues indo-europeennes was published in 1879 but his Cours de linguistique generale was posthumously compiled from his students' lecture notes and did not appear until 1916. "It became," wrote ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.94 inPublished:August 1, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Carol Sanders: IntroductionSimon Bouquet and Rudolf Engler: PrefacePart I On the Dual Essence of LanguagePart II Miscellany and AphorismsPart III Other Writings in General LinguisticsPart IV Preparatory Notes for the Course in General LinguisticsMatthew Pires and Carol Sanders: Bibliography of Writings on SaussureIndex