Jakobson's 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:
Jakobson's Saussure

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This chapter examines Roman Jakobson's interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas about linguistics, explaining that Jakobson's approach to Saussure was nothing if not eclectic. He picked out the bits of Saussure's teachings that he liked and rejected or dismissed the rest. Jakobson liked Saussure's distinction between syntagmatic and associative relations but criticised Saussure's failure to appreciate the role of distinctive features. He also argued that Saussure's Course in General Linguistics contained errors, frequent contradictions and dangerous simplification.

Keywords: Roman Jakobson; Ferdinand de Saussure; linguistics; interpretation of Saussure; syntagmatic relations; associative relations; distinctive features; General Linguistics

Chapter.  6054 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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