The Editors' 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 Editors' Saussure

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This chapter examines the interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas by the editors of the Course in General Linguistics, explaining that it was Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye themselves who were the first to raise doubts about their own interpretation of Saussure's linguistic theorising. As colleagues and close friends of Saussure, Bally and Sechehaye were in the best possible position to understand his views on language. However, they were not able to attend the courses of general linguistics given by Saussure and were also confused by what they discovered from the notes of students who attended his lectures. Two gaps in their interpretation that particularly concerned Bally and Sechehaye were the absence of any detailed treatment of semantics and the absence of a linguistique de la parole.

Keywords: Ferdinand de Saussure; interpretation; General Linguistics; Charles Bally; Albert Sechehaye; linguistic theorising; semantics; la parole

Chapter.  11854 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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