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Barthes'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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.003.0008
Barthes's Saussure

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This chapter examines Roland Barthes' interpretation of the linguistic ideas of Ferdinand de Saussure. It discusses Barthes' proposed creation of an academic discipline of neo-Saussurean inspiration called translinguistics, which was to be based on a reversal of the relationship that Saussure had posited between linguistics and semiology. The chapter highlights Barthes' statement where he referred to Saussurean linguistics as being at the centre of a whole range of interdisciplinary enterprises in virtue of providing a basic theory of sign and signification.

Keywords: Roland Barthes; Ferdinand de Saussure; interpretation; linguistics; translinguistics; semiology; theory of sign; signification

Chapter.  7756 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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