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Saussure: signs, system and arbitrariness

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Saussure: signs, system and arbitrariness
Title
Saussure: signs, system and arbitrariness
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) has exerted a profound influence not only on twentieth century linguistics but on a whole range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. His central thesis was that the primary object in studying a language is the state of that language at a particular time--a so-called synchronic study. He went on to claim that a language state is a socially constituted system of signs that are quite arbitrary and that can only be defined in terms of their relationship within the system. This new perspective has changed the way people think about linguistics and has led to important attempts to apply structuralist ideas in anthropology, literary criticism, and philosophy. Professor Holdcroft's book expounds and elaborates Saussure's central ideas. It also offers a critical assessment of them, arguing that many of Saussure's claims are either questionable or have been misunderstood. The book will be read with profit by nonspecialists and could be used as a textbook by students of linguistics, philosophy of language, literary criticism and anthropology. -- Publisher description
Cataloging source
UkLiU
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Holdcroft, David
Index
no index present
LC call number
P85.S18
LC item number
H6 1991
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Modern European philosophy
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Linguistics
  • Saussure, Ferdinand de
  • Saussure, Ferdinand de
Label
Saussure: signs, system and arbitrariness
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-177) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Saussure's work: its context and significance -- The distinction between langue and parole -- Language as a system of signs, I: signs, arbitrariness, linearity, and change -- Language as a system of signs, II: diachronic and synchronic linguistics -- Language as a system of signs, III: identities, system, and relations -- Language as a system of signs, IV: values, differences, and reality -- Successes and failures
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 180 pages
Isbn
9780521339186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Saussure: signs, system and arbitrariness
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-177) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Saussure's work: its context and significance -- The distinction between langue and parole -- Language as a system of signs, I: signs, arbitrariness, linearity, and change -- Language as a system of signs, II: diachronic and synchronic linguistics -- Language as a system of signs, III: identities, system, and relations -- Language as a system of signs, IV: values, differences, and reality -- Successes and failures
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 180 pages
Isbn
9780521339186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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