This chapter examines Roland Barthes' interpretation of the linguistic ideas of Ferdinand de Saussure. It discusses Barthes' proposed creation of an academic discipline of neo-Saussurean inspiration called translinguistics, which was to be based on a reversal of the relationship that Saussure had posited between linguistics and semiology. The chapter highlights Barthes' statement where he referred to Saussurean linguistics as being at the centre of a whole range of interdisciplinary enterprises in virtue of providing a basic theory of sign and signification.
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