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History'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/9780748613083.003.0011
History's Saussure

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This chapter focuses on the legacy and historical importance of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas about linguistics. It discusses English linguist J.R. Firth's classification of all linguists of his generation into Saussureans, anti-Saussureans, post-Saussureans and non-Saussureans, which confirms a perception of Saussure's pivotal position in the history of modern linguistics. The chapter explains that Saussure's ideas had greater influence outside linguistics and investigates how his teaching became a catalyst for great intellectual movements.

Keywords: Ferdinand de Saussure; linguistics; legacy; J.R. Firth; intellectual movements

Chapter.  11045 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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