Ferdinand De Saussure


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Ferdinand de Saussure (26 November 1857 – 22 February 1913) was a Swiss linguist whose ideas laid a foundation for many significant developments in linguistics in the 20th century. He is widely considered one of the fathers of 20th-century linguistics.

One of his translators, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics (Oxford University), Roy Harris, summarized Saussure's contribution to ... more »

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  • ''Language furnishes the best proof that a law accepted by a community is a thing that is tolerated and not a rule to which all freely consent.''
    Ferdinand De Saussure (1857-1913), Swiss linguist. Course in General Linguistics, pt. 1, ch. 2, sect. 1 (1916). "Of all social institutions," de S...
  • ''A linguistic system is a series of differences of sound combined with a series of differences of ideas.''
    Ferdinand De Saussure (1857-1913), Swiss linguist. Course in General Linguistics, pt. 2, ch. 4, sect. 4 (1916).
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