The Students' Saussure

Roy Harris

in Saussure and his Interpreters

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780748613083
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652334 | DOI:
The Students' Saussure

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This chapter examines the interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas by his students. It explains that the question of the value of the students' evidence concerning Saussure's thinking about language and linguistic study has two aspects which must not be confused. One is whether the students always correctly understood the points made by Saussure and the other has to do with Saussure's performance as a lecturer. The chapter argues that the first major contribution which Saussure's students made to an interpretation of his thoughts lies in the way their role as addressee implicitly contextualised the generality of general linguistics.

Keywords: Ferdinand de Saussure; interpretation; students; language; linguistic study; lecturer; general linguistics

Chapter.  6512 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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