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.
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