Ferdinand de Saussure

Ferdinand de Saussure (fĕrdēnäN´ də sōsür´), 1857–1913, Swiss linguist. One of the founders of modern linguistics, he established the structural study of language, emphasizing the arbitrary relationship of the linguistic sign to that which it signifies. Saussure distinguished synchronic linguistics (studying language at a given moment) from diachronic linguistics (studying the changing state of a language over time); he further opposed what he named langue (the state of a language at a certain time) to parole (the speech of an individual). Saussure's most influential work is the Course in General Linguistics (1916), a compilation of notes on his lectures.

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Ferdinand de Saussure: Selected full-text books and articles

What If Derrida Was Wrong about Saussure? By Russell Daylight Edinburgh University Press, 2011
A Critical Review of Ferdinand De Saussure's Linguistic Theory By Hussein, Basel Al-Sheikh; Abushihab, Ibrahim Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 8, No. 1, February 28, 2014
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Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers: Semantic Extension from the Ethnoscience Tradition By David B. Kronenfeld Oxford US, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Saussurean Roots, Structural Linguistics, and Basic Concepts"
Semiotics: The Basics By Daniel Chandler Routledge, 2002
Librarian's tip: "The Saussurean Model" begins on p. 18
Structuralism and Semiotics By Terence Hawkes Routledge, 2003 (2nd edition)
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Ferdinand de Saussure begins on p. 8
Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Postmodernity By John Lechte Routledge, 1994
Librarian's tip: "Ferdinand de Saussure" begins on p. 148
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