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Saussure and his Interpreters$
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Roy Harris

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613083

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.001.0001

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Hjelmslev's Saussure

Hjelmslev's Saussure

(p.76) Chapter Five Hjelmslev's Saussure
Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses Louis Hjelmslev's interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's distinction between lange and parole. Hjelmslev believed that this distinction represented Saussure's teaching ‘ramenée à son essence absolue’ and that Saussure's great achievement was the discovery or rediscovery of la lange, which had been neglected by linguistics preoccupied with la parole. The chapter describes Hjelmslev's approach in studying and documenting les langues, and his abstract analysis of semiological relations.

Keywords:   Louis Hjelmslev, Ferdinand de Saussure, la lange, la parole, semiological relations

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